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Kickin' Chicken Classic

No. 8 Lady Vols start 2019 campaign 2-0

129 days ago
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Game 1 

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Tennessee started off the Kickin' Chicken Classic with hot bats, scoring five runs on three hits in the first inning en route to a 13-2 victory over UIC to open the 2019 season.

Senior infielder Chelsea Seggern led the offensive onslaught, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs and was one of three Lady Vols to score in three straight innings. Tennessee batted around the order in the first three innings.

Earning her first start and win, freshman pitcher Ashley Morgan took a no-hitter into the fourth and went on to allow just two runs on two hits while striking out a career-high nine batters in her first complete game.

Aubrey Leach and Jenna Holcomb drew back-to-back walks to start the first inning, scoring on Seggern's first double of the season. Amanda Ayala then doubled down the left-field line to bring her home. Two at-bats later, Phillips advanced to first on a hit-by-pitch and both runners advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch. Morgan's groundout to second base scored Ayala and Phillips came around to score on Savannah Huffstetler's lone hit of the game.

In the second, Tennessee logged three consecutive hits to lead off the frame. Leach got things going with a single to center and then stole second before Holcomb safely put down a bunt toward third base, bringing up Seggern. The Texas native hit a bases-clearing single to center and then advanced to second on the throw. The Lady Vols proceeded to load the bases and Seggern scored when Huffstetler wore a pitch between the numbers.

The Lady Vols posted their second five-run inning of the night in the third, plating five runs on four hits and two walks. Leach led off again with a single to short which was followed by two walks. Tianna Batts then singled to center, driving in her second- and third-career RBIs. In the next at-bat and with runners on first and second, Ally Shipman sent her first-career home run, a three-RBI knock, over the left field wall.

UIC plated their two runs in the top of the fourth. A single to center and a walk put runners on base setting up a sacrifice bunt and the eventual two-RBI single by Tara McElligott.

Tennessee was held scoreless in the bottom of the frame before recording the three outs in the top of the fifth for the 13-2 final.

Game 2 

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Tennessee edged Kickin' Chicken Classic tournament host Coastal Carolina, 3-1, on Friday in the team's second game of the day to begin the season with two wins.

Freshman catcher Ally Shipman led UT at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Shipman hit the double that gave the Lady Vols the lead in the fourth inning.

Junior pitcher Caylan Arnold took the mound to start the contest, recording nine strikeouts through 6.0 frames. Arnold allowed just one run on six hits to record the win. Moss came on in the seventh with a runner on first and no outs. She retired her three batters faced to earn the save.

Both teams traded scoreless innings until the fourth when the Lady Vols plated two runs. Chelsea Seggern led off with a double to center followed by an Amanda Ayala walk. Shipman then came up big, doubling to left field to clear the bases. The inning ended on a strikeout before UT could scratch another run across.

The Lady Vols scored again in the fifth to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Ashley Morgan was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on Savannah Huffstetler's sacrifice bunt. Two at-bats later, Jenna Holcomb knocked an RBI-single to center.

Coastal Carolina plated their lone run in the bottom of the stanza. Samantha Sack sent a solo shot over the right field wall with one out.

Both the Lady Vols and Chanticleers put runners on in the sixth and seventh innings, but to no avail as neither team scored.

Notes:
BIG DAY, BIG RESULTS:
Freshman Ally Shipman delivered in both games for Tennessee on Friday. In the first matchup of the tournament vs. UIC, the California native hit her first-career home run. It was a three-RBI blast over the left field wall to push the Vols ahead, 13-0. In Game 2, Shipman delivered the hit that put Tennessee up, 2-0, in the fourth.

NEXT UP: Tennessee is scheduled to play two games on Saturday. The first game will be against UIC at 4:15 p.m. ET and the second will be versus Boston University at 6:30 p.m. ET. Game times may differ due to the length of games earlier in the day, but any updates to game times will be posted to Tennessee's social media accounts.