KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In a top-15 matchup, No. 5/7 Tennessee fell to No. 13/14 Auburn, 10-5, at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee now sits at 28-7 overall and 6-4 in SEC play, while the Tigers improve to 31-7, 7-3 SEC.
Freshman Ashley Rogers got the start and threw 4.0 innings, recording three strikeouts, before Matty Moss entered in relief. The senior ended the game with one strikeout through 3.0 innings of work, but allowed five runs on five hits to be charged with the loss.
In the opening frame, Auburn took advantage of an error and an infield groundout to take a 2-0 lead.
Tennessee responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Leach and Hannon reached on back-to-back walks and came around to score on a Seggern single and an RBI groundout by Rogers, respectively, tying the game at 2-2.
The Lady Vols broke the tie in the second, scratching three runs across on four hits. With two outs, Holcomb and Leach notched back-to-back singles before Hannon drove the pair home on a one-bagger to right field. Seggern then rounded out the scoring streak with a double to the right-center gap, sending Hannon home to extend Tennessee’s edge to 5-2.
Auburn responded in the third inning with a two-run home run, trimming the Big Orange’s lead, 5-4.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Tigers regained the lead in the fifth on Tannon Snow’s second two-run homer of the game. AU tacked on four more runs in the seventh to push its advantage to 10-5.
Tennessee went down in order in the bottom of the frame to make the 10-5 score final.
ON DECK: The Lady Vols host Auburn in Game 2 of the series tomorrow, April 7, at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on SEC Network. UTSports.com, the Tennessee Gameday App and AM 990 will also carry a live radio broadcast.