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#3 (3) Lady Vols Run-Rule Virginia, advance to regional final

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Virginia
Virginia

33-19

12




Winner

Tennessee
Utah

42-10

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12

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Period scoring
Equipment 1 2 3 4 5 R h my


Virginia
Virginia
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0


Tennessee
Utah
2 5 4 1 x 12 eleven 0


W.: Gottshall, Payton (20-4)
l: Mikayla Houge (3-4)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On the strength of four home runs, the third-seeded Lady Vols dominated Virginia, 12-0, in game three of the Knoxville Regional at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Tennessee (42-10) advances to play Sunday’s regional final against the winner of Game 5.

Kiki Milloy and Taylor Panell fueled the offense with consecutive home runs in the bottom of the first inning. The duo combined for four of Tennessee’s 11 hits: each player finished with two RBIs.

Milloy scored three runs, while Pannell crossed the plate twice.

The Lady Vols scored five runs in the second courtesy of a McKenna Gibson RBI single and a rylie west sacrificial fly That set the stage for a Sofia Nugent three-run homer to give UT a 7-0 lead after two.

Steady throughout the day, Gibson went 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored.

Pannell doubled off the wall in center in the third inning to score Milloy for Tennessee’s eighth run of the game before West hit a three-run blast, putting the game in run-rule territory.

Milloy’s single to right field scored the final run of the game in the home half of the fourth.

Payton Gottshall He was nearly unbeatable against the Cavaliers, dishing out three hits with five strikeouts. The graduated pitcher earned her 20th win of the season, her third shutout and eighth complete game.

Virginia (33-19) received hits from Bella Cabral, Abby Weaver and Sarah Coon. Mikayla Houge started in the circle for UVA, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Courtney Layne pitched 2.1 frames, allowing six runs on three hits with four walks.

Houge suffered the defeat, his fourth of the season.

STATISTICS OF THE DAY

With four home runs on Saturday, Tennessee hit 81 home runs this season, surpassing last season’s total of 79.

Saturday’s victory is UT’s 89th in the NCAA Tournament.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

The Lady Vols will return to action Sunday afternoon in the regional final against the winner of game five.