FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Matty Moss was masterful in the circle and the bats came alive late as No. 14 Tennessee defeated No. 25 Arkansas, 5-1, in Sunday's series finale at Bogle Park.
Moss did not allow a run in seven innings of relief after replacing Caylan Arnold in the first inning. The sophomore from Greenville, S.C., scattered five hits and struck out six to earn her 12th win of the season.
The top of the lineup did the majority of the damage for the Volunteers as Aubrey Leach and Brooke Vines combined for three hits, two runs and four RBIs on the afternoon. Megan Geer also had a solid game, going 2-for-4.
The Vols found themselves behind early after giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning. Arnold walked the leadoff batter before allowing a single and hitting Nicole Schroeder, prompting a quick pitching change. Despite loading the bases with no outs, Tori Cooper drove in the only run of the inning for the Razorbacks (21-6, 2-4 SEC) as Matty Moss did an excellent job limiting the damage and getting out of the jam.
After recording only two hits over the first four innings, Tennessee (22-5, 3-3 SEC) finally got the bats going in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs on two hits to take a 3-1 lead. Abby Lockman was hit by a pitch and Scarlet McSwain drew a pinch-hit walk before Leach and Vines followed with back-to-back RBI singles to put the Vols on top.
The Big Orange added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to give them some breathing room. CJ McClain and Leach reached on one-out singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Vines brought home McClain with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 and give her three RBIs on the afternoon, tying a career high. Leach came around to score on a wild pitch one batter later to make it 5-1.
Moss retired the Razorbacks in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. No Arkansas player had more than one hit in the game and Cooper drove in the Hogs' only run. Autumn Storms was the losing pitcher after giving up three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work.
MOSS MASTERFUL IN RELIEF: Matty Moss entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning but did a great job to limit Arkansas to just one run and keep the Vols in the game early. She was dominant for the remainder of the afternoon, giving up just five hits and no runs in one of her best performances of the season.
BATS COME ALIVE LATE: Despite struggling offensively early on, UT's bats came alive over the last three innings of the game. The Vols had just two hits over the first four frames before hammering out five and scoring all five of their runs over the final three.
CLUTCH HITS FOR LEACH & VINES: Tennessee's top two hitters in the order, Aubrey Leach and Brooke Vines, came through with some clutch hits, smacking consecutive RBI singles in the top of the fifth inning to put UT ahead 3-1. Vines also added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to set a new season high with three RBIs.
UP NEXT: The Big Orange host ACC foe North Carolina in a midweek matchup on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network before jumping back into conference play with a home series against Ole Miss from March 24-26 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.