published Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Lady Vols stop Texas 2-1, reach Women’s College World Series finals

Tennessee's Tory Lewis bunts against Texas in the fifth inning of their Women's College World Series softball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Tennessee won 2-1.
Tennessee's Tory Lewis bunts against Texas in the fifth inning of their Women's College World Series softball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Tennessee won 2-1.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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    Tennessee celebrates after defeating Texas in their Women's College World Series NCAA softball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Tennessee won 2-1.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lauren Gibson hit a solo home run in the first inning, Tennessee’s Renfroe sisters combined on a five-hitter shutout and the Lady Vols reached the Women’s College World Series finals by beating Texas 2-1 on Sunday night.

Blaire Luna (31-7) struck out 12 in her second complete game of the day for fourth-seeded Texas (51-10). She forced in a run in the sixth when she hit Cheyanne Tarango with a pitch and issued three walks.

Seventh-seeded Tennessee (52-10) is in the finals for the second time. The Lady Vols 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 led off the seventh by homering to center field off of Ellen Renfroe, who had relieved older sister Ivy Renfroe (22-4) to get out of a jam in the fifth.

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