KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Despite a comeback in the middle innings from a five-run deficit, No. 21 Georgia used a three-run ninth inning to knock off the No. 17 Tennessee softball team, 11-8, in extra-innings on Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The afternoon was an offensive barrage that saw the teams combine for 21 hits, with Tennessee (35-8, 8-7 SEC) featuring four players who tallied multiple hits and Georgia (29-14, 7-11 SEC) saw all but one starter record a hit.
Senior infielder Ashley Morgan led the way offensively for the Lady Vols, finishing the day, 2-for-5, with a pair of doubles and a whopping four RBIs.
Sophomore Madison Webber also went 2-for-5 at the dish, recording two RBI and a run scored.
The teams traded runs in the opening two innings, with UT holding a slim, 3-2 advantage heading into the top of the third.
Tennessee’s runs came on a RBI double from junior Ally Shipman and the first of Webber’s two, two-RBI singles.
In the top half of the third, the Bulldogs exploded for six runs to take a 8-3 lead, before the contest met its midpoint.
However, the Orange & White responded with five unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with four of the five runs coming off Morgan’s two, two-RBI doubles to tie the score at eight apiece.
The final innings of the ballgame were fairly uneventful as the afternoon gave the SPL crowd a few innings of free softball.
After a scoreless eighth, Georgia pounced in the ninth for three runs on three hits to put pressure on UT, before ultimately walking away with the 11-8 victory.
MORGAN MAKES MOST OF WEEKEND
Ashley Morgan was the most explosive bat for the Orange & White all weekend, finishing the series 6-for-10 at the plate with three doubles, a home run and six RBI’s. She also boasted a weekend slugging percentage of 1.200, while striking out just once.
The Lady Vols return to action with a mid-week twin bill on the road at Western Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. First pitches from Cullowhee, North Carolina are slated for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.