KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Senior pitcher Ashley Rogers opened the 2022 Lady Vol Challenge spinning her first profession good sport, retiring 15 consecutive ECU batters to document the thirteenth particular person and fifteenth general good sport in program historical past. The right-handed All-American struck out 12 for a brand new season-high and have become the primary Lady Vol to document an ideal sport since Erin Gabriel in 2016, and Tennessee picked up an 8-0 run-rule win to open its two-day dwelling event.
Game two towards UNCG produced fireworks of its personal within the type of call-and-response homers within the first inning, however then settled right into a defensive affair the Lady Vols had been comfortable to play, pulling out the 4-2 win over the Spartans. Graduate lefty Erin Edmoundson starred within the circle, racking up 10 Ks for her third double-digit strikeout efficiency of the season.
Tennessee added three dwelling runs to its tally off the bats of Ivy Davis, Ashley Morgan and Zaida Puni to carry its season whole to 71, probably the most for UT since hitting 100 in 2015. The 2022 Lady Vols grew to become the third staff in program historical past with greater than 70 dwelling runs in a single season.
“I think the highlight of today was the pitchers, for sure,” head coach Karen Weekly mentioned. “Perfect game from Ashley Rogers. I mean, she just pitched a gem. The thing I liked the most was her efficiency. And then Erin (Edmoundson) coming in behind her, pitching against a really good hitting team, second in the nation in home runs. Other than that first inning, she kept them in the ballpark, and we didn’t provide any cushion for her. Obviously, she had to just pitch really tough the whole game and did a great job.”
Game 1 – #14 Tennessee 8, ECU 0
A preseason All-SEC choice, Rogers gave the protection behind her little work to do on Saturday, hanging out seven of the primary 9 Pirates she confronted. Including a stretch of six-straight punchouts, Rogers completed the afternoon with 12 strikeouts for a brand new season-high each individually and for Tennessee (32-13) as a staff.
The senior from Athens, Tennessee, struck out the aspect 3 times in 5 alternatives on the way in which to her dozen Ks. Of the three outs not recorded by Rogers, just one ball managed to go away the infield and harmlessly discovered the glove of senior outfielder Kiki Milloy.
Reigning co-SEC Player of the Week Ivy Davis continued her blistering stretch of video games by blasting her ninth dwelling run of the season, her first since her two-homer efficiency at Western Carolina final week. The two-run bomb within the second inning moved Davis into third on the staff within the class, whereas the tremendous senior additionally moved into shared possession of the staff lead in multi-RBI video games with 11. She completed the sport 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a stroll.
The Volunteer offense as a staff confirmed nice effectivity on the day, scoring their eight runs on eight hits and 5 walks whereas not hanging out for the second time this season.
The scoring began when Milloy took benefit of an ECU error to attain the sport’s first run within the prime of the primary. After main off with an infield single, the middle fielder moved to 3rd on Amanda Ayala’s base hit and was in a position to come dwelling on an error in proper subject, scoring her team-leading forty fifth run of the season.
If Rogers had not fully shut the door on ECU, the third inning would. Up 3-0 after Davis’ two-run shot, sophomore catcher Rylie West tripled to the left-center subject hole to attain Zaida Puni. Super senior Ashley Morgan instantly introduced each West and herself dwelling, parking her eighth homer of the season within the outfield bleachers to make the rating 6-0.
Davis notched her second RBI hit of the ballgame with two outs within the backside of the third, lacing an RBI single that introduced dwelling senior proper fielder Kaitlin Parsons from second to offer the Lady Vols a seven-run edge.
Milloy additionally produced the game-ending run, bringing dwelling junior DP Madison Webber on a sacrifice-fly within the fifth to cap scoring at 8-0.
Parsons’ three stolen bases on the day had been probably the most in a single sport by a Lady Vol this season and the second time she has carried out so within the Orange and White.
The Lady Vols adopted their season template for fulfillment, enhancing to 17-2 when hitting two or extra dwelling runs and 24-5 when scoring first. When scoring five-plus runs, Tennessee is now 25-2 on the season and has carried out so in 5 of their final eight video games.
Game 2 – #14 Tennessee 4, UNC Greensboro 2
A rematch of the season opener, Tennessee needed to tweak the script somewhat however replicated the success present in Florida, dispatching the Spartans 4-2 within the Saturday finale of the Lady Vol Challenge.
Zaida Puni launched her eleventh homer of the season off the scoreboard to reply UNCG’s within the prime half of the inning and put the Lady Vols out in entrance 3-2 within the prime of the primary. Puni’s 42 RBIs ties her with Milloy for the staff lead this season.
Much like her counterpart within the first sport, senior pitcher Erin Edmoundson had the strikeout pitch on full show, fanning the aspect within the first and second innings. Both Rogers and Edmoundson had been relentless in stopping free bases, surrendering no walks for the sixth and seventh time this season and the primary time for UT in back-to-back video games since February of 2021.
The graduate switch shifted her method over the course of the sport, recording 9 of her ten strikeouts within the first 4 innings and letting her protection deal with the ultimate three frames.
Edmoundson and Rogers are the primary Lady Vols duo to document 10-plus strikeouts on the identical day since Ellen Renfroe and Erin Gabriel did it for the Big Orange on Feb. 14, 2014, towards Pittsburgh and Binghamton on the USF Tournament.
The Lady Vols had been in a position to get the lead-off hitter aboard in every of the primary three innings, punctuated by graduate senior Amanda Ayala. Clinging to a 3-2 lead within the third inning, the Bloomfield, New Jersey native despatched a fly ball careening off the wall for a stand-up triple, her third of the season to maneuver into sole possession of the staff lead.
In the fourth inning, the Lady Vols manufactured a fourth run utilizing an error, stroll, hit and productive out to attain junior Shakara Goodloe on an Ivy Davis RBI groundout to maneuver the margin of error from one run to 2.
The Spartans threatened to ship the sport to the underside half of the seventh earlier than Edmoundson labored herself out of a two-on, one-out jam by forcing a innocent foul out and strikeout to clinch the 4-2 win and two-game season sequence sweep of UNC Greensboro.
UP NEXT: Tennessee rounds out the 2022 Lady Vol Challenge with a rematch towards the ECU Pirates Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The weekend finale can be streamed on-line through SEC Network+.