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Texas Softball Season Ends with 2-1 Loss

Updated: Monday, June 3 2013, 01:17 PM CDT
With one Renfroe sister starting to struggle, Tennessee turned to another to earn a shot at the NCAA softball title.
 
Lauren Gibson hit a solo home run in the first inning, the Renfroe sisters combined on a five-hitter and the Lady Vols reached the Women's College World Series finals by beating Texas 2-1 on Sunday night.
 
"It's just very surreal. It's hard to take in right now," said Ivy Renfroe, who got the start and threw 4 2-3 scoreless innings. "It's like, 'We're really going to be playing in championship series?'
 
"I'm just so blessed and honored to be playing with all these girls. It's been a fun ride, and I'm glad to see it keep going."
 
While the Lady Vols were playing with a pair of aces, the Longhorns didn't have the same luxury. NCAA strikeout leader Blaire Luna (31-7) fanned 12 in her second complete game of the day for fourth-seeded Texas (51-10). She struck out 14 in a one-hit shutout of Florida earlier in the day and lost control late after throwing a three-hitter against Tennessee.
 
She threw 288 pitches on the day, and five of her eight walks came in the final two innings. Tennessee scored its second run in the sixth inning, when Luna hit Cheyanne Tarango with a pitch and issued three walks.
 
Luna said her forearm was tightening up and she had a blood blister on her pitching hand, but she believed she could have kept going.
 
"It's just about fighting and just staying the course. ... My mentality was to really work ahead and spread the zone. That's kind of what I tried to do. I think that's why I had so many strikeouts," Luna said.
 
"I think it was a struggle and it's upsetting that we didn't come through offensively but I'm really proud of our team and the way that we fought this year. Just the fact that we're at the World Series, that's something that I wanted to accomplish and we did it."
 
No. 7 seed Tennessee (52-10), which knocked out defending champion and SEC rival Alabama in the super regionals, will play top-seeded Oklahoma in the best-of-3 finals starting Monday night.
 
It's the second time reaching the championship round for the Lady Vols, who were beaten in three games by Arizona in 2007 — winning Game 1 before Monica Abbott took a shutout into extra innings in a Game 2 loss.
 
Pinch-hitter Lindsey Stephens l
 
ed off the seventh by homering to center field off of Ellen Renfroe, who took over for Ivy Renfroe (22-4) to get out of a jam in the fifth.
 
Ellen Renfroe came in after her sister hit Stephanie Ceo with a pitch and Ceo advanced to third after a passed ball and an illegal pitch, as Hannah Akamine stepped out of the catcher's box too early while Ivy Renfroe was intentionally walking Taylor Hoagland. She negated that threat, then kept the Longhorns from scoring after allowing back-to-back singles by Taylor Thom and Kim Bruins to start the sixth.
 
Ellen Renfroe struck out Mandy Ogle after a failed sacrifice attempt, then got Torie Schmidt to foul out and retired Karina Scott on a grounder. After Stephens' home run, she retired the next three batters in order to finish off her third save of the season.
 
"You saw three of the greatest pitchers of our era on the field tonight, and I'm serious about that. Ivy and Ellen are both fantastic ... and Blaire Luna was sensational," Lady Vols co-head coach Ralph Weekly said.
 
Gibson hit her team-leading 19th home run of the season into the front row of the left-field bleachers on a 2-0 pitch from Luna with two outs in the first inning. The Lady Vols' only two other hits against Luna were Madison Shipman's lined single off of Hoagland's glove at third base in the fourth and Raven Chavanne's bunt in the seventh.
 
But that was enough.
 
"We all love each other and I think it just gives us another day to continue to play and it's obviously what we've worked for all year," Ellen Renfroe said. "From the very beginning back in August, our goal was to win a national championship. And this is just another step that we had to take."

-APTexas Softball Season Ends with 2-1 Loss


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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

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No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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