It was not a good day at the ball park for the seventh ranked Lady Vols as the sixth ranked Georgia Bulldogs run ruled Tennessee in six innings on Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The Bulldogs scored nine runs on nine hits over six innings to claim a 9-1 win over Tennessee to even the series at one win a piece and making Monday night’s game three a rubber match.
Georgia earned their 31st win of the season and moved to 8-3 in the SEC with the win. The loss for Tennessee drops them to 31-5 on the season and 4-4 in SEC play, but more importantly gives UT its fourth loss in its last five SEC games.
For Tennessee Caylan Arnold started her second straight game in the series and was ruffed up early as UGA plated two runs in the top of the first inning despite good pitching by Arnold.
Arnold went four and two thirds innings for the Lady Vols over two stents in the circle.
After starting the game for UT Arnold was replaced by freshman Gabby Sprang with two outs in the top of the fourth inning after she gave up a three run home-run to Justice Milz. Arnold would then replace Sprang in the top of the sixth inning.
On the day Arnold gave up nine hits and allowed eight runs (all earned). As well as recording two strikeouts, two walks and hitting one batter. Sprang on the day went one and one third inning allowing no runs on one hit, while recording four strikeouts and three walks.
Arnold took the loss for the Lady Vols and is now 13-3 on the season.
For the Bulldogs it was Kylie Bass in the circle and she left multiple Lady Vols frustrated after leaving the plate.
Bass went all six innings for UGA and allowed just one run on five hits, while recording one strikeout, walking two and hitting one batter.
The lone run Bass allowed was earned, but did not stop her from getting the win and moving to 11-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs scored their runs in the second (2), third (2), fourth (3) and sixth (2) innings.
Tennessee got its lone run in the bottom of the second inning when Aubrey Leach singled up the middle to score Amanda Ayala.
Game one between the Lady Vols and the Bulldogs was a pitching duel with the Tennessee claiming the 1-0 win. The games only run was scored in the bottom of the seventh inning when Meghan Gregg has hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Game two saw the Bulldogs offense come to life, while Georgia was able to keep Tennessee’s offense guessing and from doing any damage in the game.
Game three of the series will take place Monday night at 7 p.m. ET with both teams looking to claim the series win. If Tennessee wants to avoid losing its second SEC series of the year, its pitching will need to get its momentum from earlier in the season back and its bats will need to come alive for the first time in its last six SEC games.
Written by: Sam Forman
Edited by: Colin Castleberry