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Rogers spins a no-hitter, leading Vols past Ole Miss

10 days ago
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Graduate pitcher Ashley Rogers opened SEC play for the fourth-ranked Lady Vols by tossing her second-career individual no-hitter in Tennessee's 6-0 victory over Ole Miss on Friday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Rogers' first solo no-no came last season on April 23 versus ECU. In 2019, the Athens, Tennessee, native combined with Matty Moss to no-hit ETSU.

The righty fanned nine batters en route to the win on Friday night and improves to 6-0 on the year.

Tennessee (18-1, 1-0 SEC) has now won 13 straight games and has shut out its opponents in 12 of those victories.

In the series opener, the Lady Vols only mustard three hits but all three went for home runs. Senior Kiki Milloy opened the scoring in the home half of the third with her third career grand slam. Her homer cleared the scoreboard in left-center field - traveling 275 feet - and gave UT a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, junior Zaida Puni smoked a solo big fly off the scoreboard - her fourth of the year - to extend the Lady Vols' lead out to 5-0.

Milloy went for the double dip in the fifth as she lined a solo home run to right field that two-hopped the parking lot to land at the gates of Regal Soccer Stadium. With her two homers Friday night, the Woodenville, Washington, native now has 12 through 19 games.

Friday also marks the third time Milloy has hit multiple home runs in a game this season.

Ole Miss (13-9, 0-1 SEC) drew two walks on the night and had one batter reach on an error, but the Rebels were unable to solve Rogers in the circle.

Brooke Vestal got the start for Ole Miss in the pitcher's circle and threw 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on three walks with one strikeout. She suffered the loss and falls to 3-1.

Over Tennessee's last seven games, it has scored four-plus runs in an inning on 10 occasions.

In addition to winning their 13th in a row, the Lady Vols also extended their streak of not allowing an earned run to 71 straight innings.

Over the course of UT's 13-game win streak, it has outscored its opponents 115-2.

The Lady Vols and Rebels will play two games on Saturday due to rain being in the forecast for Sunday. The doubleheader will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with game two of the series. The series finale is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday.