Donihoo's three RBIs propel Lady Vols past Governors
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Junior Mackenzie Donihoo drove in three of second-ranked Tennessee softball's six runs Wednesday night, as the Lady Vols defeated Austin Peay 6-1 in the Midstate Classic at Ridley Sports Park.
Tennessee (21-1) has now won 16 straight games following the victory - allowing just five runs during the streak.
Donihoo went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and one run scored. The Mustang, Oklahoma, native now has 14 doubles on the year.
Senior Kiki Milloy was 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and two stolen bases. Her outfield partner Katie Taylor picked up a hit and scored twice on the night, while catcher Giulia Koutsoyanopulos hit her second homer of the season in the fourth inning.
Ashley Rogers came on in relief for starter Karlyn Pickens in the third inning with the game scoreless. The graduate was sharp, striking out 13 APSU batters over 4.2 innings of work. Rogers allowed just one hit on the night and is now 7-0 on the year.
Austin Peay (11-9) struck first in the third, scoring its only run on a wild pitch. The Governors are just the third team this season to score first against UT.
The Lady Vols hit back in the home half of the inning off Donihoo's first double of the night to left, scoring Taylor from second.
Koutsoyanopulos' homer in the fourth broke the tie and gave Tennessee the lead before Amanda Ahlin knocked a single through the left side of the infield to score UT's second run in the inning.
Donihoo roped her second double on the night to left center to plate a pair of runs in the sixth. With the next at-bat, Milloy hit a single up the middle to score Donihoo and give UT its final margin of victory at 6-1.
Jordan Benefiel pitched the whole game for the Governors, finishing with seven strikeouts and five walks. She suffered the loss and is now 7-6 this season.
The Lady Vols' spring break road trip continues as they visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a three-game set at LSU March 17-19.