KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 15/16 Mizzou Softball led from start to finish to even the series with the No. 17/15 Volunteers in a 7-4 victory. The Tigers blasted three home runs in the contest for the 11th time this season.
Brooke Wilmes led off the game with a solo home run to left center field to give Mizzou an immediate 1-0 lead.
The Tigers jumped back on the board in the second. After Kimberly Wert singled to deep left field and Cayla Kessinger drew a walk, Emma Raabe singled into right to bring home another run for the Tigers. Kendyll Bailey then lifted a sacrifice fly into center to push the score to 3-0 for Mizzou.
In the bottom of the third, the Tigers were able to work out of a two-out jam. Tennessee was able to rip a pair of singles after Laurin Krings retired the first two batters of the inning. A line drive to deep left field was caught by Casidy Chaumont to end the threat.
The Tigers jumped all over the Vols in the fifth. Alex Honnold led off the inning with a walk and Brooke Wilmes reached on an error. Jenna Laird lined a single into left, but Honnold was thrown out at the plate. Hatti Moore then blasted the first pitch that she saw over the center field wall to put the score at 6-0 for Mizzou. With two outs in the inning, Kimberly Wert sent a 2-0 pitch over the Tennessee scoreboard for a long solo home run.
With Mizzou leading 7-0, Tennessee was able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out home run to center.
The Tigers got runners on second and third in the top of the seventh after a Hatti Moore double with one out, but they could not capitalize.
Tennessee put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh. After the first two batters were retired, the Vols strung together a walk and a single to put the pressure on the Tigers. A single, followed by a double, brought in two runs for Tennessee and brought the tying run to the plate. Emma Nichols closed out the game with a strikeout to secure the Tiger victory.
- Hatti Moore went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and three RBI.
- Kimberly Wert went 2-for-4 at the plate with a massive solo home run over the Tennessee scoreboard.
- Emma Raabe went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the second.
- Laurin Krings earned her ninth win of the season, going 6.2 innings with three runs allowed and three strikeouts.
- Brooke Wilmes led off the game with a home run for the first time since the 2020 season.
- The Tigers smashed three home runs for the 11th time during the 2021 season.
- Wilmes moved into sole possession of ninth on the Mizzou all-time hit list with her 213th hit.
- Mizzou will look to take the series on Sunday against the Vols. First pitch will be at Noon CT on SECN+.