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Vols tame Tigers 11-1

1418 days ago
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 14 Tennessee ran away early from in-state foe Tennessee State Tuesday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, winning Game 2 of its doubleheader 11-1 in five innings to extend its in-state win streak to 92 consecutive games.

Brooke Vines went 2-for-3 while driving in a pair of runs and scoring twice while Meghan Gregg broke her single-season career high for RBIs after driving in her 62nd run of the season with a triple in the third inning.

The Vols didn't wait long to jump out to a big lead against the Tigers, putting up six runs in the bottom of the first inning on just four hits. Aubrey Leach got the inning started with a leadoff walk and a stolen base before scoring on a Vines single to center. After Megan Geer drew a walk, Scarlet McSwain singled to right center to load the bases.

Tennessee State walked in a run and Taylor Rowland hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home another run to make it 3-0. Chelsea Seggern doubled to right center to drive home two more runs, and CJ McClain capped the inning with an RBI single to score Seggern and give UT a 6-0 lead after one inning.

Tennessee (37-5) added two more runs in the second to push the lead to 8-0 when Gregg singled and an error by the right fielder allowed the ball to roll all the way to the wall. The error allowed Vines and Gregg to come all the way around and score.

The Big Orange added three more runs in the third inning when Tiana Batts singled and came in to score on Vines' second RBI single of the night. Gregg hit an RBI triple off the left-field wall to score Vines and make 10-1 before Geer brought in Gregg with a single through the left side to cap the scoring.

Kelsey Morrison got the start for Tennessee and threw 2.2 innings while allowing one run on two hits. The Florida native struck out two batters on the night. Matty Moss came on in relief and tossed 2.1 hitless innings while recording four strikeouts and earning her 19th win of the year.

Tennessee State (9-27) scratched across one run in the third with a Patton Ackers' RBI double down the left-field line. Tigers' starting pitcher Lauren Powell only recorded one out in the game before being pulled. She gave up five runs on two hits and took the loss to fall to 4-11 on the year.

THE STREAK CONTINUES: After winning Tuesday's doubleheader, UT has now won 92 straight against in-state opponents. Under co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly, the Vols are 87-0 in such games.

VINES GETS DOWN THE LINE: Brooke Vines went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Game 2 against Tennessee State. In Game 1, Vines had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. The California native now has 45 RBIs on the year and is second in the SEC in RBIs behind teammate Meghan Gregg (62).

UP NEXT: Tennessee hosts No. 10 Alabama this weekend April 15-17. All three games will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Listen live as Brian Rice calls the action on Sports Radio WNML (99.1 FM | 990 AM) and UTSports.com.