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It was a tight game at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium as the Lady Vols defeated Tennessee State 3-0 on Tuesday night

Despite the win, Tennessee’s offense was less than desirable for most of the night as the Lady Vols put up just four hits, and didn’t have any hits until the fourth inning, and to add to this, Tennessee’s three runs came on a sac fly, a throwing error, and a groundout.

Coming off of a series against Georgia in which the Lady Vols scored just two runs in 19 innings and were run-ruled in consecutive home games for the first time in program history, this is not what coaches Karen and Ralph Weekley want to be seeing from their team early in SEC play.

“They’re afraid to fail, [the freshmen] are afraid to fail, they haven’t been in this situation,” said co-head coach Ralph Weekley after the game. “I know we can play at that [top 10] level, but we’re not doing it right now.”

There were no other players available to the media, which is unusual after a win, but that’s how quickly the coaches wanted to get back to the team because they know that that isn’t the kind of performance that this team is capable of.

If there is one bright spot here it’s the pitching. After being run-ruled twice this week already, the decision was made to give Ashley Morgan her first career start in the circle. Morgan pitched two and a third and recorded two strikeouts before being replaced by Caylan Arnold.

Arnold then showed everyone just how she felt about the past weekend, quickly recording seven strikeouts in four innings and improving to 14-3 on the season. Matty Moss came in in the seventh to record the save.

Tennessee will travel to Auburn this weekend for three games before returning to Knoxville for a game against Memphis on Tuesday and three games against LSU next weekend.