Four homers send No. 4 Tennessee past Indiana
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A multi-home run game from Kiki Milloy and a grand slam from Rylie West kept the Tennessee offense moving toward a 9-1 victory Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium despite two rains delays totaling five hours and 43 minutes.
Tennessee (46-8) scored all nine runs off four long balls, as Milloy hit home runs No. 24 and 25 - retaking the NCAA lead. She has now clobbered 56 career home runs and is two shy of breaking the program record.
Shortstop Mackenzie Donihoo belted her seventh home run on the year - a two-run shot - in the bottom of the first to give UT a 3-1 lead after one.
Milloy knocked her second homer of the day in the second, launching a two-run blast as Tennessee took a 5-1 advantage before the rain hit.
In the third, Indiana (43-17) loaded the bases on three walks as the rain streamed down. Time was finally called with the Hoosiers' Brianna Copeland at the plate with an 0-1 count and two outs in the inning.
The first of two rain delays started at 2 p.m. ET and lasted five hours and 14 minutes with the game resuming at 7:14 p.m.
When the game restarted, Tennessee starting pitcher Ashley Rogers returned to the circle and struck out Copeland to escape to the bases-loaded jam. The game's second rain delay struck in the bottom of the fourth, lasting 29 minutes - starting at 7:33 p.m. and concluding at 8:02 p.m.
After two quick outs, Milloy drew a five-pitch walk, followed by Zaida Puni and McKenna Gibson drawing walks to load the bases for West in the home half of the fourth.
The Eastvale, California, native hit Tennessee's fifth grand slam on the year and her second this season to push Tennessee's lead to 9-1.
Rogers came back in the fifth and needed just six pitches to shut down Indiana to close out the run-rule win - UT's second in the Knoxville Regional.
The Athens, Tennessee, native notched her 11th complete game and improved to 17-1 with the victory. Rogers fanned five batters on the night, allowing one run on two hits.
Copeland got the ball for Indiana and tossed 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Macy Montgomery replaced her in the circle, throwing the final 2.1 frames. She surrendered four runs on one hit and allowed four walks.
Copeland took the loss and is 22-4 in 2023.
Tennessee advances to the regional final on Sunday and will face the winner of Game 5 at approximately 4:35 p.m. ET.