CLEARWATER, Fla. - No. 6 Tennessee fell to No. 2 Florida State, 5-2, on Saturday night in the final game of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. The Lady Vols finished the tournament with a 3-2 record (8-2 overall).
Freshman catcher Ally Shipman came up with the Lady Vols' big hit of the game, roping one up the middle to plate both of UT's runs.
In the circle, Caylan Arnold earned the start and threw 1.1 innings before Ashley Rogers came on in relief. Arnold finished the night with one strikeout, allowing two runs on four hits and was charged with the loss. Rogers finished the game with seven strikeouts and allowed three runs on five hits through 4.2 innings of work.
Taking an early lead in the first inning, FSU led off the top-10 matchup with a solo home run to left-center field.
The Seminoles extended their advantage to 2-0 in the bottom of the second, scoring one run on three hits. Rogers then entered the circle for UT with one out and a runner on second, firing back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Florida State added three more runs in the third, scoring on two long balls.
Answering in the top of the fourth, the Lady Vols plated two runs on three hits. To start things off, Amanda Ayala knocked a single to center field. Chelsea Seggern then walked to put runners on first and second before Ashley Morgan's one-bagger loaded the bases. Two at-bats later, Shipman hit a two-RBI single up the middle to trim FSU's lead, 5-2. The frame ended when Haley Bearden came in to pinch hit and was robbed of the game-tying home run as the Seminoles' center fielder jumped the wall to make the third out.
Threatening again in the fifth, Tennessee moved runners into scoring position but to no avail as consecutive outs ended the frame.
Both teams traded scoreless innings the remainder of the game to make it a 5-2 final.
UP NEXT: Tennessee heads to Johnson City, Tenn., on Tuesday to play ETSU in a midweek matchup. The game begins at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed via a live radio broadcast on UTSports.com.