Familar Arizona is initial UT foe
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 5:32 pm
By: By UT Sports Information
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The No. 15-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols’ road at the Women’s College World Series is slated to begin on Thursday night at 6 when the Big Orange face off with 10th-seeded Arizona, an all-too familar foe, live on ESPN2.
Tennessee, behind the pitching of Olympian Monica Abbott, finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2007 to Arizona.
UT is 3-0 all-time in opening match-ups at the WCWS with victories over Arizona (in 2005), UCLA (in 2006) and Texas A&M (in 2007).
The winner of the Lady Vols/Wildcats’ game will move on to face the victor of the Georgia/Washington contest at 8 on Friday evening.
All totaled, it is UT’s fourth overall trip to the Women’s College World Series.
The Lady Vols finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2007 and third nationally in both ’05 and ’06. Tennessee maintains a 10-6 record at the WCWS after going 3-2 during both the ’05 and ’06 campaigns and 4-2 in ’07.
UT is 37-16 all-time in eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a perfect 5-0 in 2010.
Tennessee advanced to the Oklahoma City, Okla., finale with a two-game sweep of No. 2 Michigan at the Super Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Lady Vols won the opener on Thursday (5-0) behind a two-hit shutout from freshman pitcher and Trinity Christian product Ivy Renfroe and got three home runs — including two from senior first baseman Erinn Webb — in the 4-3 finale victor on Friday.
Renfore also recorded a save on Friday evening during the second win over Michigan.