Vols Take Series on Walk-Off Bomb by Brooke Vines
April 16, 2017

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Brooke Vines blasted a walk-off, two-run homer Sunday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to give No. 14 Tennessee a 2-0 win and also clinch the series against No. 9 Alabama.

Meghan Gregg drew a five pitch walk to start the bottom half of the seventh and bring Vines to the plate. The California native hammered a 2-1 pitch to dead center field to give the Vols their 18th straight victory. Vines now has 48 RBIs on the year, which is second most on the team. Her 17 RBIs in conference play lead the league as well.

Tonight was the second game in a row that the Big Orange won in walk-off fashion. The win gave the Vols their fourth straight series win and extended their winning streak to 18 games, which is currently the longest in the nation.

Matty Moss was incredible in the circle, throwing a season-high 131 pitches in her fifth complete-game shutout this season. The sophomore right-hander is now 20-1 on the year and has earned a win in her last five starts. Moss kept the Tide off the bases for most of the game, allowing only four hits while striking out seven over seven innings.

Moss escaped a jam in the top of the fifth after Alabama loaded the bases with two outs. Elissa Brown reached on an infield single before Mari Cranek and Chandler Dare both walked to load the bases for Bailey Hemphill. On a 1-1 pitch, Hemphill lined a ball right at Chelsea Seggern at third base for the final out to keep the game scoreless.

Despite the loss, the Crimson Tide (36-9, 10-7 SEC) got a stellar pitching performance from starter Sydney Littlejohn, who held the Vols to just three hits. Jenna Holcomb and CJ McClain were the only two UT players other than Vines to record a hit on the night. Littlejohn induced nine ground-ball outs through six innings of work, but fell to 14-3 on the year with the loss.

VOLS KEEP STREAKING: Tennessee extended its nation-leading win streak to 18 games with Sunday night's win. UT started the streak on March 19 at Arkansas with a 5-1 victory over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

VINES COMES UP CLUTCH AGAIN: In Game 1 on Saturday night, Vines started the Tennessee comeback with an RBI single in the sixth and she came up clutch again on Sunday night with a walk-off, two-run blast to drive in the only two runs of the night. Vines' homer helped the Vols clinch the series over No. 9 Alabama.

SHUTDOWN MODE: Matty Moss was on her game Sunday night, holding the Tide to just four hits in a complete-game shutout effort. The Greenville, S.C., native had seven strikeouts and was able to escape jams in the first and fifth innings to keep Bama off the board. Moss is now 20-1 on the season with 133 strikeouts.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: With Sunday's walk-off win, Tennessee improved to 22-1 at home this season. The Vols have outscored their opponents 164-40 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and have three walk-off victories.

UP NEXT: Tennessee goes for the series sweep tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and fans can also listen to the game on Sports Radio WNML (FM99.1/AM 990) and UTSports.com.


 

 

 

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