UT Softball wins 99th straight over In-State opponents

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- No. 9 Tennessee run-ruled Tennessee State for the second time on Wednesday as Kaitlin Parsons notched three hits, including an inside-the-park home run to lead the Lady Vols to a 15-2 win to cap the doubleheader and final midweek game of the regular season at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

UT (36-10, 11-7 SEC) rode a balanced offensive attack (15 hits from nine different batters) and ace pitching (10 strikeouts by Ashley Rogers) to a second-consecutive run-rule victory over Tennessee State. It marked the Lady Vols' 99th straight win over an in-state opponent dating back to 2000.

The Big Orange recorded four steals in the game, tying the highest steal count this season which was recorded on April 16 at ETSU. It also marked the third time this season UT recorded three or more steals in back-to-back games. It's the second time this year that Tennessee notched consecutive outings with 10+ strikeouts.

In Game-1 Wednesday Lady Vols run-ruled Tennessee State, 8-0, in six innings behind three hits and a home run from Kaili Phillips in the first game of the Wednesday doubleheader at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Tennessee used a balanced offensive attack as it notched 10 hits and drew three walks in the contest. The Orange and White were a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.

Senior Matty Moss led the way in the circle for UT, as she struck out 10 of her 18 batters faced through 5.0 innings of relief to earn the win. The 10 K's by Moss were her most this season and tied her career-high which she last recorded in 2017 against Longwood.