KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — No. 12 Tennessee softball took each video games of a Saturday doubleheader in opposition to No. 16 Auburn to safe a top-4 seed and a double-bye to the SEC Match quarterfinals subsequent week in Gainesville, Florida.
The Girl Vols topped the Tigers 5-2 in recreation one earlier than rounding the DH with a 7-4 victory that includes 4 residence runs. The 2 wins secured UT’s fifth SEC collection victory of the 2022 marketing campaign.
Proper-handed pitcher Ashley Rogers gave the Massive Orange devoted a efficiency to recollect after being acknowledged for her Senior Day previous to first pitch. The Athens product spun a whole recreation to open the dual invoice with a two-run, four-hit outing in opposition to the Tigers.
With the win, the Girl Vols (37-15, 14-8 SEC) locked up a top-4 seed within the convention for the sixth time since merging divisions in 2014 and the primary time since 2019 after they completed second.
In Recreation Two on Saturday, Zaida Puni saved Tennessee’s possibilities on the SEC second seed alive, launching a pair of homers within the 7-4 win. The sophomore punished the Tigers (39-13, 11-12 SEC), going 3-for-3 with two residence runs, 4 RBIs and two runs scored. The explosion was Puni’s first profession multi-homer recreation and second four-RBI recreation this season. Puni additionally tied Kiki Milloy for the staff lead in season homers at 14 every.
Tremendous senior shortstop Ivy Davis left her mark on the video games as nicely, going a mixed 2-for-5 with two residence runs, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stroll.
Recreation 1 – Tennessee 5, Auburn 2
Seniors wrote the story of the doubleheader opener as UT defeated Auburn 5-2.
Rogers earned her 56th win within the Orange and White, only one shy of tying Stephanie Humphrey and Caylan Arnold for seventh all-time in Girl Vol historical past. Her six strikeouts additionally introduced her profession complete to 610 as she tracks down her pitching coach, Megan Rhodes Smith, for fourth all-time within the document e book.
Graduate senior Ashley Morgan opened the scoring within the second inning, bringing in pinch-runner Katie Taylor on a double to shallow left heart that gave Rogers her first run of assist.
Morgan later tied LVFL Liane Horiuchi’s single season hit-by-pitch document within the fourth inning, carrying her 18th HBP of the yr.
Fellow graduate senior Amanda Ayala created a scoring alternative within the third, taking pictures a double down the proper area line that in the end scored freshman Lair Beautae on a foul throw residence from the Auburn cut-off girl, bringing the margin of error to 2-0. Along with the run, the double briefly gave Ayala sole possession of the staff lead in doubles with 12.
Auburn clawed a run again off Rogers within the fourth inning after solely mustering a single runner by the primary three innings-including a stretch of nine-straight set down-but the Girl Vol ace compelled a floor ball proper again to her to strand runners at second and third and keep the Tennessee lead.
Tiger catcher Aubrie Lisenby knocked in AU’s first run with an RBI single to left, reducing Tennessee’s lead in half to 2-1. Tennessee instantly responded by loading the bases with no outs within the backside of the fourth.
Milloy capitalized by lacing her twelfth double of the season over a leaping left fielder to attain Kelcy Leach and Shakara Goodloe and triple the result in 4-1. The junior re-tied Ayala for the staff lead in doubles and broke a tie with Puni for the staff’s RBI chief at 48. The All-American heart fielder’s two RBIs additionally offers her 14 multi-RBI video games because the staff heads nearer to the SEC Match.
Davis put the sport on ice within the fifth inning, hitting her third homer within the final 4 video games with a solo blast to tie Puni for second on the staff within the class at 12.
An Auburn residence run within the seventh barely trimmed the result in 5-2, however that was the one menace the Tigers posed over the ultimate two frames of the sport.
Recreation 2- Tennessee 7, Auburn 4
The Girl Vols concocted all of the eventualities that put them at their most formidable-scoring first, within the first inning, whereas hitting greater than two residence runs and scoring greater than six runs. The Massive Orange turned a double play within the prime half of the opening body right into a two-run lead, giving them an important benefit early on. The staff is 10-3 in SEC play when scoring first and 5-2 when these runs come within the first inning.
Ayala scored a runner the normal approach this recreation, singling up the center to herald Beautae for her second run scored of the day and Ayala’s twenty eighth RBI of the season. Puni instantly introduced Ayala residence on the next at-bat, singling into the left-center area hole for the Girl Vols’ second run of the inning.
Girl Vol lefty Erin Edmoundson began recreation two and bought off to an an identical begin as Rogers, holding Auburn to a single baserunner over the primary three innings. Like the primary recreation, Auburn introduced their biggest menace within the fourth inning. The Tigers had been in a position to string collectively six straight hits and double UT’s run complete to take a 4-2 lead.
The Girl Vol offense, nonetheless, was greater than ready for the comeback activity. Puni put the primary dent within the Tiger lead within the backside half of the body, scraping a house run below the scoreboard in left heart earlier than Davis took the very subsequent pitch over the lifeless heart wall to knot the sport at 4 runs apiece. Leach adopted in her teammates’ footsteps and despatched her fifth homerun into the porches in heart for back-to-back-to-back homers and a 5-4 lead.
Edmoundson confronted her final take a look at within the fifth inning. With two runners in scoring place and just one out, she struck out one Tiger and popped the opposite out to second to emerge from the body unscathed.
Puni greeted the brand new Tiger pitcher by reaching the Girl Vols magic quantity within the backside of the inning, leaving little question on her second homer of the sport and going previous the bleachers in proper heart for a 7-4 lead. The 2-run shot catapulted the sophomore into the staff lead for RBIs, turning into the primary Girl Vol to succeed in 50 this season.
Auburn provided no resistance over the ultimate two innings and the Girl Vols improved to 14-8 in SEC play. A win tomorrow would give this system its most SEC wins since 2017 and back-to-back sweeps of the Tigers for the primary time since 2012 and 2013.
The Girl Vols take their five-game successful streak in opposition to the Tigers into the common season finale with so much on the road. A win on Sunday and an Alabama loss would give Tennessee the No. 2 seed in subsequent week’s SEC event in Gainesville, Florida. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and may be seen on SEC Community+.