May 19, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Miami University softball team saw its season come to an end with an 8-0, six-inning loss to fifth-ranked and No. 7 national seed Tennessee on Saturday evening. The RedHawks end their greatest season in school history with a 41-20 record. The Lady Vols advance to the regional championship against Virginia Tech Sunday and now have a 48-11 record.

Similar to Friday’s game, it started as a pitcher’s duel. Jessica Simpson kept Tennessee at bay for the first 2.2 innings of the game. The Lady Vols would break through with the game’s first run on a wild pitch in the top of the third. It took them 9.2 innings to finally score on Simpson. Once they got that run, it seemed to get their confidence going. Tennessee would score single runs in both the fourth and fifth before breaking it open with five runs in the sixth to create the run-rule situation.

Miami struggled to get its offense going against Ivy Renfroe. In the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Kylie McChesney bunted to the pitcher for a hit. Kirstie Fehrenbach would single to right field, allowing McChesney to move up to third. Renfroe would then force Jordan McElroy to fly out to deep left field to end the threat. Daniela Torres would get a single in the sixth, but Miami was not able to bring her home.

Fehrenbach was the RedHawks’ top hitter on Saturday, finishing the day 2-for-3.

Despite the setback, Miami set several single-season records in 2012. Its 41 wins overall and 16 Mid-American Conference victories were both the best in school history. The five-player senior class of Simpson, McElroy, Torres, Casey Drees and Katie Osburn finished with 139 wins, 18 more than any other class in Miami softball history.