KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A season-high eight-run inning from the No. RV/23/24 Tennessee offense allowed the Lady Vols to run rule UT Martin 10-1 in five innings on Thursday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Senior Amanda Ayala ended the night with a single-game career-high two home runs, finishing the contest 2-of-3. Sophomore center fielder Kiki Milloy ended the night 3-for-3 with one home run and a pair of RBIs.
Ayala blasted her first home run of the night to left center field to give the Lady Vols a 2-1 advantage after falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second when UT Martin opened scoring on a homerun from Kaitlyn Kelley.
UT responded immediately when Milloy reached first base on a bunt and senior Cailin Hannon(2-for-2) drove her home with the team’s first triple of the year to knot the contest at 1-1.
Milloy, who was precise at the plate, opened the bottom of a lucrative fourth inning with a single down the left field line. She then stole second and third as Hannon reached first on a walk. After Hannon stole second, sophomore Madison Webber hit a sacrifice-fly to right field to score Milloy and advance Hannon to third, giving UT a 3-1 lead.
Then the Lady Vols rattled off seven more runs. Seven different Lady Vols made their way home against the Skyhawks, with Hannon and senior Chelsea Seggern (2-for-3) bringing in a pair each.
Ayala launched her second home run of the game, third of the season, to center field to give UT their third and fourth run of the inning, before Milloy sent a no-doubter through center to tally the last two runs of the frame and provide the final margin of victory.
Junior catcher Ally Shipman (1-for-3) hit a hard-line drive to left field, her lone hit of the game, to drive in Davis and Seggern and put the early finish in sight.
In total, the Orange and White outhit the Skyhawks 10-3 and combined for nine RBI.
Junior Ace Ashley Rogers got a surprise starting nod on Thursday evening after going the distance yesterday night in a 17-strikeout career performance. She fanned six batters and gave up just three hits to pick up her second-straight win.
Up Next: The Lady Vols have Friday off and return to action at the Tennessee Invitational on Saturday with a double header. Game one is slated for a 12:30 p.m. ET first pitch against Northern Kentucky, followed by a 3 p.m. matchup with Eastern Michigan.
All contests that include Tennessee will be broadcast on the SECN+. Saturday’s games will be covered by Madison Shipman (Analysis) and Will Boling (PxP) and Sunday’s contest will pair up Shipman and Michael Wottreng.