No. 11 UT softball powers past Purdue, Indiana State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — No. 11 Tennessee had a seven-run first inning and muscled its way past Indiana State, 12-0, for a five-inning win on Sunday in the final game of the Tennessee Invitational at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Tennessee (16-3) poured on seven runs in the first inning and followed with two in the second and three in the third while UT pitchers Gretchen AucoinCheyanne Tarango and Erin Gabrielshut down the Sycamores (4-12).
Gregg went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to cap off a fantastic home debut weekend. The Lady Vols went 5-0 this weekend and Gregg hit a blistering .688 (11-for-16) with four homers, two doubles, 13 RBIs and six runs. Tennessee hit .438 as a team this weekend and outscored its opponents, 47-7. The Lady Vols’ pitchers combined for a 1.04 ERA.
Taylor Koenig finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs.Annie Aldrete was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Megan Geer and Lexi Overstreet had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
Aucoin threw a scoreless first inning with three strikeouts. Tarango fanned two in the second and third frames and Gabriel tallied four strikeouts in the fourth and the fifth.
Yvette Alvarez (1-7) took the loss for Indiana State after allowing 12 runs over the first three innings. Abby Klopp threw a scoreless fourth.
The Lady Vols took command early with a seven-run first inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Aldrete ripped an RBI single to center field to give UT a 1-0 lead. Geer followed with an RBI walk with the bases loaded and Overstreet delivered a two-run double to right field to grow the lead to 4-0. Three batters later, Gregg knocked a two-run single down the right field line and Shaliyah Geathers hit an RBI single to center field.
In the second inning, Geer hit a one-out RBI single up the middle and Gregg connected for a two-out RBI single through the left side.
Koenig’s solo homer to left center with one out in the third inning stretched Tennessee’s lead to 10-0. Aldrete followed with a solo blast off the scoreboard. Three batters later, Gabriel recorded her first collegiate hit – an RBI double to right field that plated Geer from second base.
Tennessee next faces Illinois State on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. ET at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. UT opens SEC play on the road next weekend, facing South Carolina from March 13-15 in Columbia, S.C. 

GAME 1: #11 UT 8, Purdue 0 (5)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Megan Geer had a three-run blast and four RBIs and Meghan Gregg hit a game-winning RBI double to give No. 11 Tennessee an 8-0, five-inning win over Purdue on Sunday in the Tennessee Invitational.
Tennessee (15-3) continued its home dominance with its third consecutive run-rule win on the weekend. Purdue (12-8) finished 2-3 in the Tennessee Invitational after dropping the final game.
Gretchen Aucoin and Rainey Gaffin combined for a one-hit shutout over five innings. Aucoin (7-2) earned the win after fanning six and allowing no hits over 3.1 innings. Gaffin finished the afternoon in the circle, striking out one and giving up one hit over 1.2 innings to earn the save, her first of the season.
Geer led the Lady Vols’ offense in a 2-for-3 outing that included a three-run home run and an RBI single. Meghan Gregg, who has surged offensively this week, had a double and three RBIs.
Purdue ace Lilly Fecho (10-4) took the loss after allowing three runs over 2.1 frames. Gina Snyder gave up five more over two innings and Alex Whittemore surrendered Gregg’s game-winning hit.
Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Geer sent a 3-2 pitch to right field for an RBI single, scoring Annie Aldrete from second base.
In the third inning, Gregg hit a sac fly to right field and Rainey Gaffin clubbed an RBI single to right field two batters later.
Geer stepped up once again in UT’s five-run fifth inning. With two on and no outs, Geer connected on a 1-2 pitch, sending it over the wall in center field for a three-run homer. UT loaded the bases and Gregg delivered with a two-RBI double to left field to end the game. 

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