KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore McKenna Gibson crushed a pair of house runs – driving in seven – as No. 3/4 Tennessee run-ruled ETSU 10-2 in six innings Tuesday night time at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The win over ETSU is UT’s fifth over an in-state opponent this season and improves its document in opposition to groups from the Volunteer state to 144-4 for the reason that program’s first season in 1996.
Tennessee (27-2) was led on the night time by Gibson who drove within the squad’s first seven runs. She opened the scoring within the third inning with a three-run house run that sailed deep into the bleachers in right- heart subject.
An inning later, the Santa Clarita, California, native went reverse subject once more – smoking her first-career grand slam over the wall in proper.
Tuesday night time marks the second time Gibson has hit a number of house runs in a sport – the primary coming final season on April 23 in opposition to East Carolina. Her seven RBIs versus the Buccaneers are a career-best.
ETSU (7-22) scored its two runs within the fifth off the bat of Sara Muir who roped a two-RBI single to proper.
Within the sixth, the Woman Vols tacked on three runs starting with an Amanda Ahlin fielder’s option to second that plated Gibson. Within the subsequent at-bat, Mackenzie Donihoo walked off with a two-RBI single to heart, scoring Jackie Kirkpatrick and Future Rodriguez.
Donihoo completed the night time 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Kiki Milloy and Rodriguez additionally went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Payton Gottshall was efficient in 4.0 innings of labor, permitting only one hit with seven strikeouts. She picked up the win and is now 7-0 on the yr.
Ryleigh White got here on in reduction and tossed 1.2 innings, scattering 5 hits whereas surrendering two runs. Nicola Simpson confronted only one batter within the sport and earned a strikeout.
ETSU starter Brianna Bailey threw 5.2 innings, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits, strolling six and putting out 5. She is now 5-7 on the yr.
Tennessee is on the highway at Texas A&M Friday by means of Sunday, March 31-April 2. Friday and Sunday’s matchups might be streamed on SECN+ with Saturday’s sport airing on SEC Community. Voice of the Woman Vols Brian Rice will host an audio broadcast of all three video games.