#7 Lady Vols defeat Kansas in home opener, 9-0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Freshman pitcher Ashley Rogers threw five scoreless innings to lead No. 7/8 Tennessee (9-2) to a 9-0 victory over Kansas during the 2019 home opener at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium Friday afternoon. The contest was also the first game of this weekend's Tennessee Classic.

Rogers had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before Kansas' Miranda Rodriguez singled to shortstop. THe Athens, Tenn., native improves to 4-0 on the season with the win. The victory was Rogers second shutout of the season and marks the Lady Vols' fourth blank of an opponent and fifth five-inning win in 2019.

Tennessee got the scoring started early against the Jayhawks (2-9), putting four runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Aubrey Leach singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. An Ashley Morgan single drove Leach home two batters later. The next at-bat featured an Amanda Ayala bunt, which drove in Chelsea Seggern from third base to put Tennessee ahead 2-0.

The Lady Vols closed the opening frame with two more runs by way of a Gracie Osbron single through the right side – her first-career hit. Osbron's single scored Ayala from third and Haley Bearden from second to give Tennessee a 4-0 lead.

After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Vols got back on the scoreboard in the third with a two-run homer by Bearden, which drove in Ayala from second base. The home run was Bearden's second of the season.

Midway through the top of the fourth inning, play was suspended for one hour and 14 minutes due to weather.

Following the delay, Tennessee came back out with more offensive firepower. With one out and runners on second and third, Seggern hit a line-drive double to right field to score Tianna Batts and Leach. On the next at bat, Morgan singled up the middle to bring Seggern home and push the Lady Vols' advantage to 9-0.

HOME SWEET HOME TO ME: The win over Kansas was Tennessee 19th consecutive home opening win. The Lady Vols are also now 23-1 all-time in home openers, including 18-0 under the direction of Ralph and Karen Weekly.

TENNESSEE CLASSIC: The Lady Vols are now 49-6 all-time in Tennessee Classic games, dating back to the program's inaugural season in 1996.

RBI LEADERS: Through 11 games this season, Chelsea Seggern leads Tennessee in RBIs with 16, including two against Kansas. Amanda Ayala and Ally Shipman follow close behind with 12 apiece.

NEXT UP: The Lady Vols resume action in the Tennessee Classic Saturday at noon against Virginia (4-5). Tennessee's matchup with the Cavaliers is one of four matches at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Saturday. The game will be streamed via a live radio broadcast on UTSports.com. It will also be aired on SECN+/WatchESPN App.