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No. 17 Tennessee delivers big hits against No. 20 UK

1417 days ago
Tennessee Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 17 Tennessee earned its third straight series win and extended its winning streak to 13 games with a 5-2 victory over No. 20 Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium.

Aubrey Leach, Brooke Vines and Abby Lockman all had two hits for the Volunteers while Scarlet McSwain drove in a pair of runs with another clutch, two-out hit.

Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss shared duties in the circle with Arnold getting the start and going three scoreless innings before Moss finished the game and earned her 18th win of the season.

UT got off to another quick start with two runs in the top of the first inning for the second straight game. Leach singled on the first pitch of the afternoon and Meghan Gregg drew a walk before McSwain drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single to left field to put the Vols ahead early.

The Big Orange (34-5, 8-3 SEC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI single from Vines to drive in Shelby Robinson, who pinch ran for Katie Weimer after she drew a leadoff walk. The hit extended Vines' hit streak to 13 games and gave her RBI number 42 for the season.

Lockman continued her hot hitting and added to the lead again in the top of the third with a double to center field to give UT a four-run advantage. The California native has a hit in three straight games and an RBI in the last two.

The Vols flashed the leather in the bottom of the third to keep the Wildcats off the board. CJ McClain made back-to-back highlight-reel diving catches in center before McSwain ended the inning and prevented a run with a diving grab of her own in left field.

A double to the gap in left center by Weimer widened the Tennessee lead even more in the fifth. Chelsea Seggern scored all the way from first on the play to make it 5-0 Volunteers.

The Wildcats (24-10, 5-6 SEC) broke up the shutout and scored their first runs of the series with a two-run homer by Abbey Cheek in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Tennessee lead to three. Moss and the defense were able to regroup, however, and retired the side in order in the seventh to end the game.

Meagan Prince went the distance for Kentucky but suffered her second straight loss after giving up all five runs and issuing five walks.

13 AND COUNTING: With Saturday's victory, Tennessee won its 13th straight game, tying its longest win streak of the season. UT won 13 in a row to start the season.

DEFENSIVE CLINIC: The Orange and White put on a show defensively on Saturday afternoon with a handful of highlight-reel plays. Megan Geer started things off by gunning down a UK runner at third base in the second inning. CJ McClain flashed the glove on consecutive plays in the third with SportsCenter Top 10 worthy diving catches in center field. In that same inning, Scarlet McSwain made a diving grab in left that ended the inning and saved a run from scoring. Brooke Vines also got in on the act with a couple of nice plays at first base and Chelsea Seggern made a great pick and throw at third base in the seventh. The Vols haven't committed an error over the past seven games.

BEATING THE BEST: The Big Orange improved to 8-3 against ranked teams after Saturday's win. UT has also won seven straight against ranked opponents after starting the season 1-3 against them.

UP NEXT: The series finale between the Vols and Wildcats is set for Sunday at 1 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.