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Kickin' Chicken Classic

No. 8 Tennessee continues to roll

11 days ago
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Game 1

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Tennessee plated four runs in the first inning and went on to score five more in the third in an eventual five-inning, 11-1 victory over UIC on Day 2 of the Kickin' Chicken Classic.

Highlighted by Amanda Ayala's three-run homer in the third and Ally Shipman's two-RBI single in the fifth, the Lady Vols put up double digits against UIC for the second time this weekend.

Matty Moss earned the win, throwing nine strikeouts while allowing just one run on six hits through 5.0 innings of work. She picked up the save in Friday night's victory over Coastal Carolina.

Haley Bearden brought in UT's first run of the night on an RBI-walk in the leadoff frame. In the next at-bat, Kaili Phillips hit a fielder's choice to shortstop that scored Jenna Holcomb. Bearden and Phillips then scored on a single and another bases-loaded walk, respectively.

UIC plated its lone run in the second as Alyssa Griman hit a solo shot over the left field wall.

The Lady Vols scratched five more runs across in the third inning as UT's first five batters all reached base and scored. Ayala had the big hit of the night as she homered over the right-center wall with two runners on. Ashley Morgan and Kaitlin Parsons also found their way home as Morgan scored on Chelsea Seggern's sacrifice fly and Parsons stole home in a delayed double steal play.

In top of the fifth, Tennessee scored its final two runs of the game. The Orange and White loaded the bases to start the frame with both Aubrey Leach and Parsons scoring on Shipman's single to center field.

Game 2

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Freshman pitcher Ashley Rogers spun a gem of a shutout in the Kickin' Chicken Classic as #8 Tennessee blanked Boston University, 4-0, on Saturday night.

Rogers threw a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed just three hits through 7.0 innings of work to earn her second win of the season. In two appearances (12.0 IP), the Athens, Tenn., native has fanned 22 batters.

Offensively, six Lady Vols recorded hits and four drove in runs. Two of Tennessee's runs came in the first inning while the other two were spread across the second and seventh frames.

Aubrey Leach kicked things off in the first, singling to center field. She advanced to third on back-to-back putouts and scored on Ally Shipman's single to shortstop. Amanda Ayala then worked the count and reached base via a walk before coming home on Kaili Phillip's RBI-single to right.

In the second frame, Ashley Morgan led off with a single up the middle. She then advanced to second on a muffed throw by Boston's second baseman in the next at-bat. Coming in to pinch run, Treasury Poindexter reached third on a walk that loaded the bases with one out. Chelsea Seggern's sacrifice fly to right gave Poindexter the time she needed to tag up and score

To start the seventh, Kaitlin Parsons singled back to BU's pitcher and advanced to third on the subsequent throwing error that sailed past the first baseman. The Long Beach, Calif., native scored on Leach's RBI-groundout to the right side, pushing UT's lead to 4-0.

In addition to Roger's 13 strikeouts, she faced the minimum number of batters in four of her seven innings pitched. The Lady Vols also never allowed Boston's three runners to advance past first base.