AUBURN, Ala. – The 16th-ranked Lady Vol softball team finished off their sweep of Auburn Sunday with a, 2-1, win at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn (26-19, 6-15 SEC) struck first in the bottom of the first as it pushed across one run on two hits. The Tigers’ run gave them their first lead of the weekend after trailing throughout games one and two.
After Makenna Dowell drew a leadoff walk, Tyler King moved her over to second on a ground out to first. Auburn then pinch ran Kelsey Schmidt for Dowell who moved around to third on a flyout to right, before coming across to score on a single up the middle from Lindsay Garcia.
In the fourth, Tennessee (38-8, 11-7 SEC) hit back as it pushed across two runs thanks to a little two-out magic from Ivy Davis. With one away, Chelsea Seggern singled to right and was pinch ran for by Josie Willingham.
After an Ally Shipman walk, she and Willingham advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Auburn’s Shelby Lowe then struck out the next batter and intentionally walked Rylie West to bring Davis to the plate with the bases loaded and two away.
Davis fouled off three-straight pitches before smacking a double down the right field line to score Willingham and Shipman and give Tennessee the final margin of victory at, 2-1.
Callie Turner got the start for UT Sunday and tossed an inning, allowing one run on two hits. Ashley Rogers came on in relief, throwing six innings, striking out six and surrendered just one hit. Rogers picked up the win and improved to 22-6 on the year.
Over the weekend, Rogers picked up two victories and a save as UT earned its first sweep of the year.
Tennessee heads out on the road for a makeup doubleheader May 5 at Mississippi State, before returning home to host Missouri May 7-9 in the final weekend of the regular season.