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Balanced attack lifts Vols past Flames 6-1

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Matty Moss took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and No. 19 Tennessee cranked out 10 hits in a 6-1 win in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against Liberty.

Eight different Vols recorded hits, led by Jenna Holcomb and CJ McClain, who both had two and also scored a pair of runs each. Brooke Vines continued to swing a hot bat, driving in three runs with a double in the fourth inning to break the game open.

The Vols (27-5) missed a chance to jump out to an early lead as Flames starting Julia DiMartino stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the second with her fourth strikeout of the game. A walk by Chelsea Seggern sandwiched between a pair of singles by Megan Geer and McClain loaded the bases for UT but Aubrey Leach struck out swinging to end the threat.

Meghan Gregg put the Big Orange on top one inning later with an RBI single to center field to score Holcomb from second base. Holcomb led off the inning with a bunt single and stole second to move into scoring position before Gregg's hit.

After an RBI infield single by Holcomb made it 2-0, Vines busted the game open with a bases-clearing double down the right-field line in the bottom of the fourth. Vines, who was named the NFCA and SEC Player of the Week earlier in the day, has recorded multiple RBIs in five of the last six contests and tied her career high with three RBIs four times in the past two weeks.

The Lady Flames broke up the no-hitter and shutout bid with three hits and a run in the top of the sixth. Tori Zavodny and Amber Bishop reached on back-to-back singles before Alexia Taylor drove in Zavodny with a single up the middle to cut the Tennessee lead to 5-1.

Savannah Huffstetler capped off the scoring with an RBI double to right center in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-1 Vols.

Moss earned the win to improve to 14-1 on the year after going sixth strong innings. Caylan Arnold pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the game.

VINES STAYS HOT: After earning NFCA National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors earlier in the day, Brooke Vines continued her red-hot hitting with three more RBIs in Tuesday's Game 1 victory over the Lady Flames. The sophomore laced a double down the line with the bases loaded to drive in three runs and break the game open in the fourth inning. Vines has now recorded three RBIs in four of the past six games, tying a career high each time.

HIT PARADE: Tennessee cranked out 10 hits in Tuesday's Game 1 win, marking the 12th time this season the Vols have recorded double-digit base knocks. Eight different players had hits for the Vols in the 6-1 victory.

UP NEXT: Tennessee goes for the doubleheader sweep over Liberty tonight. The Vols will also be back in action this weekend when they host ACC for NC State at Lee Stadium Friday-Sunday.