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No. 17 Vols hold No. 20 Wildcats scoreless

1419 days ago
Tennessee Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 17 Tennessee extended its winning streak to 12 games with a dominant 9-0 run-rule victory over No. 20 Kentucky in Friday's series opener at John Cropp Stadium.

Matty Moss threw her fourth complete-game shutout of the season, allowing just two hits in an overpowering performance in the circle. The sophomore improved to 17-1 on the year with the victory and 4-1 in SEC play.

UT got production from up and down the lineup with five players driving in runs on the night. Brooke Vines opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first, extending her hit streak to 12 games in the process. She finished the game 2-for-3 and also tied a career high with three runs scored.

Meghan Gregg also had another big game, recording RBI singles in both of her at-bats while also scoring a pair of runs. With her two RBIs, the junior from Williamson, Ga., extended her NCAA-leading RBI total to 54.

Scarlet McSwain continued her recent hot streak at the plate as well with a three-run double to blow the game open in the third inning. Chelsea Seggern and Abby Lockman were the other two Vols to drive in runs in the game.

The Big Orange (33-5, 7-3 SEC) jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first thanks to the dynamic duo of Vines and Gregg. Aubrey Leach reached on an error to lead off the game and was able to advance to second on the play after the ball squirted away from UK's first baseman. Leach scored one batter later on an RBI single by Vines. Gregg drove in Vines with another single up the middle to make it 2-0.

UT loaded the bases with two outs in the third with an infield single from Vines, a hit batter and a Kentucky error. McSwain made the Wildcats (24-9, 5-5 SEC) pay with a clutch two-out double over the right fielder's head to clear the bases and extend the Volunteers' lead to 5-0.

Gregg and Seggern recorded RBI singles in a four-run fourth inning before Lockman brought in another run with a bases-loaded walk that gave the Big Orange a commanding 9-0 advantage.

Moss gave up a two-out single off the wall in the bottom of the fifth but retired the next batter to end the game. Breanne Ray and Rachael Metzger had the only two hits of the game for Kentucky as Moss allowed two or fewer in a game in which she's throw five or more innings for the fifth time this season.

Meagan Prince was the losing pitching for the Wildcats after giving up four hits and five runs (one earned) in three innings of work.

MOSS DEALIN': Sophomore ace Matty Moss had everything working on Friday en route to earning her 17th win of the season. Moss tossed a complete-game shutout for the fourth time this season and allowed just two hits in the game.

UT WHEN SCORING IN THE FIRST: The Vols improved to 21-0 this season when scoring in the first inning. UT struck for two runs in the top of the first on Friday, which would be all the run support that Moss would need.

POTENT OFFENSE: Tennessee entered Friday's series opener as the fifth-highest scoring team in the nation at 7.24 runs per game and continued its hot hitting with nine runs on eight hits in just five innings to earn its 15th run-rule victory of the year.

UP NEXT: The Vols and Wildcats square off in Game 2 of the series tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. Watch the live stream on SEC Network +/WatchESPN and listen to Brian Rice call the action on Sports Radio WNML (FM 99.1/AM 990) and UTSports.com.