I don’t want to write about last night’s game. You don’t want to read about last night’s game. Let’s just move on after we’ve gotten last night’s game out of the way.
The Lady Vols’ Ivy Renfroe pitched a complete game, carding as many strikeouts as she surrendered hits, while Sarah McCloud and Erin Arevalo each lasted only an inning for the Red and Black. Alison Owen took over in the circle for the final five frames, throwing 110 of the 152 pitches hurled plateward by the Georgia staff on an evening replete with wild pitches, passed balls, and miscues.
A third-inning grand slam by Erinn Webb staked Tennessee to a 6-0 lead, then Kat Dotson tacked on an additional run in the ensuing canto. The Bulldogs began their response in the bottom of the same frame, plating one run in the fourth and another in the fifth. The seventh stanza saw the Classic City Canines make a game of it when Ashley Razey sent a first-pitch home run to left field to score three.
The 7-5 final margin made Friday night’s contest the fourth game in five series meetings this season between the Bulldogs and the Volunteers to be decided by two runs or fewer. Razey went three for four and batted in a quartet of runs.
Georgia now travels through the losers’ bracket, where the Red and Black will face the winner of the Florida-Missouri clash on ESPN tonight.