KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of errors leading to a six-run third inning was the difference as the No. 21 Tennessee softball team fell to No. 8 Kentucky, 13-2, on Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The Lady Vols (27-6, 3-5 SEC) struggled at the dish with runners in scoring position, going just 1-for-7 in run scoring opportunities, while Kentucky (27-5, 4-4 SEC) recorded four multi-RBI homers to power past UT.
One bright spot for the Orange & White came in the fourth, when freshman Rylie West belted her first career home run off the bottom of the scoreboard in left center.
Senior infielder Chelsea Seggern was the lone Lady Vol to post multiple hits, going 2-for-2 at the dish with a pair of singles and an RBI in the third frame.
Kentucky led from wire-to-wire, tacking on multiple runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth, posting a six-spot in the third to take a commanding eight-run lead that would be the difference in the evenings’ proceedings.
The Wildcats added a trio of insurance runs in the fourth to take an 11-2 lead into the would-be final inning of the night.
UK added two more runs in the fifth, before Grace Baalman closed out her complete game effort to force a series deciding game three.
Tennessee and Kentucky return to Sherri Parker Lee Stadium for an Easter Sunday rubber game. First pitch from Knoxville is set for 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU.