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No. 19/19 Tennessee Takes Game 1 over Liberty, 6-1

March 28, 2017  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Alexia Taylor drove in Liberty's lone run in game one at No. 19/19 Tennessee, Tuesday.

Alexia Taylor drove in Liberty's lone run in game one at No. 19/19 Tennessee, Tuesday.

No. 19/19 Tennessee boosted its winning streak to six games, taking game one of a doubleheader over visiting Liberty, 6-1, Tuesday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. 

With the win, the Vols improve to 27-5 overall. The Lady Flames' record stands at 18-14 entering tonight's second contest.

Tennessee recorded 10 hits, getting two hits and two runs apiece from Jenna Holcomb and CJ McClain. Defending NFCA National Player of the Week Brooke Vines went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

For Liberty, Amber Bishop, Alexia Taylor and Tori Zavodny each had one hit, with Taylor recording one RBI and Bishop scoring once.

Matty Moss (14-1) allowed one run on three hits, with four strikeouts in six innings pitched. Caylan Arnold pitched one hitless inning.

Julia DiMartino (6-5) drew the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits, walking two and striking out five while going the distance.

DiMartino struck out three during the bottom of the first. Meghan Gregg reached first on catcher's interference with two outs before stealing second. Vines then struck out, ending the inning.

Megan Geer led off the home half of the second with a sharp single to center. Chelsea Seggern drew a one-out walk, before McClain loaded the bases with two outs on an infield single. DiMartino fanned Aubrey Leach, stranding all three runners to keep the game scoreless.

Jasmeen Click reached on an error after two outs in the third stanza. Zavodny then lined one to second, where it was snared by a jumping Leach for the third out.

The Vols scored a quick run in the third inning. Holcomb bunted for a leadoff single before stealing second. Gregg then plated her with an RBI single to center, making it 1-0. DiMartino then walked Vines before retiring the next three batters.

Bishop reached on a two-base error to start the fourth. She went to third on a wild pitch with two outs. The threat ended when Emily Sweat flied out to right field.

Tennessee broke the game open, scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and an error loaded the bases with nobody out. Holcomb then plated one run with an infield single. Vines then lined a three-run double down the line in right for a 5-0 advantage, before being thrown out at third.

Liberty staged a rally, entering the scoring column in the sixth. Zavodny and Bishop hit back-to-back one-out singles to end the no-hit bid. After a fielder's choice, Taylor sent an RBI single up the middle. Moss then fanned Sweat on a 3-2 pitch, bringing the rally to a close.

The hosts responded during the bottom of the sixth, as McClain singled and Hufstetter drove her in with a double to right center.

Arnold came on in relief of Moss to start the seventh, pitching a 1-2-3 final frame.