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Eagle Round Robin

No. 15 Vols blast three homers to power past Spartans

1476 days ago
Tennessee Athletics
Photo: Mississippi State Athletics

STATESBORO, Ga. -- No. 15 Tennessee powered its way to a 13-1 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday to finish the Eagle Round Robin with a perfect 5-0 record. The Volunteers scored in all five innings to earn their third run-rule victory this year.

UT scored six of its 13 runs via the long ball, blasting three homers on the afternoon. Aubrey Leach started things off with a bang by hitting a leadoff home run over the center-field fence. It was the first-career home run for Leach, who is primarily a slapper known more for her speed.

The Big Orange played some more long ball in the second inning to extend their lead to three. Scarlet McSwain hit a two-run blast to left for her second round tripper of the season after Megan Geer led off the frame with a double. McSwain and Geer each finished the game with three RBIs to lead the team.

Another homer extended the Tennessee lead in the top of the third. Geer picked up her first four-bagger of the season with a three-run shot that just cleared the fence in left center, putting the Vols ahead 6-0.

Tennessee added three more runs in the fourth. Meghan Gregg drove in her 11th run of the year with a double before McSwain drew a bases-loaded walk and Chelsea Seggern brought in another run with an RBI groundout to make it 9-0.

The Orange and White kept the runs coming with four more in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 13. Jenna Holcomb had an RBI double while Gregg continued her red-hot weekend with another RBI single. True freshman Cailin Hannon also drove in a run with her first-career hit, a single to right field.

The Spartans (1-3) broke up the shutout with a solo home run from Marisa Sholtes in the bottom of the fifth inning to account for the final score. Matty Moss picked up her third victory of the weekend after throwing three innings of relief. The Greenville, S.C., native struck out the side to end the game and finished with four for the afternoon. Kelsey Morrison tossed two scoreless innings in her first-career start before giving way to Moss.

GOING YARD: The Vols hammered a season high three home runs on Sunday to power themselves to victory. Aubrey Leach, Scarlet McSwain and Megan Geer all went yard as UT scored six of its 13 runs off of homers. Tennessee now has six home runs as a team this year.

PITCHING PROWESS: UT's pitching was solid all tournament long, allowing only a single earned run while giving up just four total for the week. 

2-FOR-1: The Vols had another solid showing defensively and turned two 4-6-3 double plays in the contest.

UP NEXT: Tennessee heads out west next weekend for the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. The Vols will play five games with matchups against DePaul, Bradley, Northern Colorado, Oregon State and New Mexico State.