NCAA softball: Tide falls in super regional opener
by Star staff
May 24, 2013 | 3358 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The defending national champion Alabama softball squad fell 3-2 to Tennessee in the first game of their super regional showdown.

The best-of-three series will continue today. Game 2 will be at 4 p.m. on ESPN, while Game 3, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Tide (45-14) stranded nine runners on base but out-hit the Lady Vols, 5-4. Junior pitcher Jackie Traina (19-7) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs – only one earned – while striking out five.

Alabama took the 1-0 lead in the second inning. Senior Courtney Conley took advantage of back-to-back walks by Tennessee starter Ellen Renfroe by lining a single up the middle to plate sophomore Jadyn Spencer from second.

Tennessee (48-10) evened the score in the bottom half of the inning when Hannah Akamine took a two-out, two-strike pitch over the wall in left for her third home run on the season.

After the Tide was unable to push any runs across with the bases loaded in the top of the third, the Lady Vols took advantage of the same situation in the bottom half. Cheyanne Tarango drove in two on a single to center to give UT a 3-1 lead.

Alabama was able to get a run back in the fourth as freshman Haylie McCleney drilled a double off the wall to score Andrea Hawkins from second.
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