STATESBORO, Ga. -- No. 15 Tennessee scored early and often en route to a 13-2 rout of Georgia Southern on Saturday evening at the Eagle Round Robin.
Sophomore pitcher Matty Moss was one out away from throwing her first-career no-hitter and Meghan Gregg continued her hot streak at the plate with a four-RBI performance to lead the offense.
Moss had her no-hitter broken up by pinch hitter Mekhia Freeman with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Freeman singled to left field to drive in a run and another came around to score on a throwing error to end Moss' shutout bid as well. The Greenville, S.C., native finished with six strikeouts and improved to 2-0 on the year with the win.
Gregg drove in all four of her runs during a nine-run third inning where she batted twice. Her second at-bat of the inning was a three-run homer that gave Tennessee (4-0) a 13-0 lead. Brooke Vines also had a big game with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
An RBI single from Abby Lockman got the scoring started and the Vols tacked on a couple more in the top of the second to jump out to a three-run lead. Aubrey Leach doubled to left field to bring home Lockman and Chelsea Seggern to make it 3-0.
UT blew the game wide open with nine runs in the third inning. Gregg, Seggern and Vines all had RBI hits in the frame as the Vols batted around and forced three Georgia Southern pitching changes in the inning. Gregg had four RBIs by herself, driving in Vines with a single to start the scoring in the inning before capping the scoring with a three-run homer to left-center field.
The Eagles (1-2) scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to keep the game going as UT earned their second run-rule victory of the season.
MOSS' NEAR NO-NO: Matty Moss carried a no-hitter into the final inning and was one out away from finishing it off until Georgia Southern's Mekhia Freeman broke it up with an RBI bloop single into left field. This was the second time that Moss had a no-hitter entering the final inning of a game after she came three outs from a no-hitter last February in an 18-0 victory over Marshall.
GREGG CONTINUES BIG WEEKEND: Meghan Gregg continued to stay hot for the weekend, driving in another four runs on the evening. All four of the Georgia native's RBIs came in UT's nine-run third inning. She had a single and a three-run homer in the frame, her first of the season. Gregg already has a team-best 10 RBIs this season in just four games.