Tennessee softball opens final regular season series with win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT Sports) -- The 11th-ranked Lady Vols took care of the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-1, in Game 1 of the series at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Friday night.

Freshman right-hander Ashley Rogers made her 25th start of the season in the circle, tossing a full seven-inning game to earn her 19th win of the season. She struck out five batters in the process.

Offensively, four Lady Vols recorded hits with Aubrey Leach, Chelsea Seggern, Haley Bearden and Treasuary Poindexter all scoring runs for Tennessee. Leach led the squad with two hits.

In the first inning, a Tennessee double play stifled the Aggies' bid for a runner in scoring position allowing the Orange and White to take an early lead in the bottom of the frame. Leach started the game off strong with single to short. Seggern then drove Leach in with a double of her own to give the Lady Vols a 1-0 lead.

The next three innings were a defensive battle between the two teams as neither gained an edge. In the fourth, UT turned its second double play of the game to prevent Texas A&M from scoring.

Refusing to be shut out, the Aggies' put a run on the board thanks to Riley Sartain's home run in the fifth that tied the game at 1-1

The Lady Vols responded with a three-run bottom of the stanza. With one out, Seggern worked the count for a walk and then scored from first on Bearden's double down the right-field line. Amanda Ayala then hit a sacrifice fly to push Tennessee's lead to 3-1

The Big Orange got another chance to extend their lead again in the sixth. Gracie Osbron led off the frame with a walk and Poindexter was brought in to pinch run. She then turned the wheels on to advance all the way to third on Savannah Huffstetler's sacrifice bunt before scoring on an error by Texas A&M's second baseman.

Rogers sealed the Tennessee victory in the seventh with a three-up, three-down inning that was punctuated with a looking strikeout.

ON DECK: Tennessee squares off with Texas A&M in Game 2 of the series on Saturday, May 4th, at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on SECN+/WatchESPN App. A live radio broadcast will also be available on AM 990, UTSports.com and the Tennessee Gameday App. Saturday is also Tennessee's Senior Day. The Lady Vols will recognize all six seniors and a team manager plus Texas A&M's senior beginning at approximately 1:40 p.m. ET.

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