KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 9 Lady Vols run-ruled Tennessee State, 8-0, in six innings behind three hits and a home run from Kaili Phillips in the first game of the Wednesday doubleheader at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Tennessee used a balanced offensive attack as it notched 10 hits and drew three walks in the contest. The Orange and White were a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Senior Matty Moss led the way in the circle for UT, as she struck out 10 of her 18 batters faced through 5.0 innings of relief to earn the win. The 10 K's by Moss were her most this season and tied her career-high which she last recorded in 2017 against Longwood.
Junior Caylan Arnold got the start for the Lady Vols, getting out of the top of the first inning with two strikeouts. The highlight of the frame was senior right fielder Haley Bearden making a jumping catch at the wall. Bearden once again came up big with a spectacular catch to end the second inning, diving for the ball in right field.
In the bottom of the third, the bats began to heat up for Tennessee as Phillips led off with a single to left field. In the next at-bat, Cailin Hannon tripled to center field, bringing the freshman home to give UT a 1-0 lead. Aubrey Leach then knocked a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Lady Vols a 2-0 advantage.
The Big Orange carried the momentum from the third inning into the bottom of the fourth as Amanda Ayala reached on a fielder's choice off of a bunt. She stole second base, marking the Lady Vols' second steal of the inning before Phillips brought her home on her 10th home run of the season.
The bats went quiet for UT in the fifth inning, but Moss remained steady as she closed out the top of the sixth frame with three consecutive strikeouts.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tennessee's bats caught fire once again. The Lady Vols plated four runs on three hits to run-rule TSU. UT's first five batters all reached base in the inning. Tianna Batts, Katie Weimer, Phillips and Bearden recorded hits in the frame while Bearden singled through the right side to bring Treasuary Poindexter home, giving Tennessee the 8-0 advantage needed to end the game early.