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Tennessee softball squad extends non-conference streak

Staff report • Mar 27, 2007 at 1:48 AM

KNOXVILLE - This is some streak.

The Tennessee softball team claimed its 73rd consecutive non-conference regular-season win - and 10th in a row overall - with a pair of victories against Liberty on Monday at Tyson Park.

The top-ranked Lady Vols (35-2) received a pair of fine outings from pitcher Monica Abbott (28-1), who struck out 12 batters in a 5-1 win in game one before closing out the doubleheader by fanning 13 in a 4-0 shutout.

Abbott is now just 153 strikeouts from eclipsing the NCAA Division I career record for Ks, which is held by former Texas hurler Cat Osterman (2,265).

Catcher Shannon Doepking grabbed the spotlight during the first game, finishing 3-for-3.

Lindsay Schutzler matched Doepking in the nightcap, also scoring twice and adding an RBI.

Tennessee returns to the diamond on Wednesday when it hosts Western Kentucky.

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