Homers help No. 14 Tennessee muscle past No. 19 Missouri to take series
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meghan Gregg, Shaliyah Geathers and Megan Geer homered and No. 14 Tennessee defeated No. 19 Missouri, 10-7, on Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to take the season series.
UT (21-7, 3-3 SEC) took two out of three games against the Tigers (20-5, 4-2 SEC). The Lady Vols won Game 1 on Friday, 12-4, in six frames. On Saturday, Missouri rallied late to take Game 2, 9-8.
On Sunday, Tennessee scored two runs in the first and six in the second before adding runs in the third and fifth. Missouri plated two in the second, one in the third and four in the top of the fifth. The Tigers twice left the bases loaded.
Gregg finished 2-for-3 with the home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Geathers had a homer and three RBIs. Geer had a solo homer and scored three times. Annie Aldrete drove in a pair of runs with a two-RBI double.
Gretchen Aucoin (8-2) earned the win after throwing 4.1 frames with five strikeouts and six runs allowed. Cheyanne Tarango recorded one out in the fifth and allowed one unearned run. Erin Gabriel earned her first save of the season by throwing the final 2.1 frames with two strikeouts and now runs allowed.
Tori Finucane (9-5) took the loss after issuing eight runs over 1.1 innings. Paige Lowary gave up two runs in 4.2 relief frames.
Gregg gave UT a 2-0 lead in the first inning when she sent a 0-2 pitch from Tori Finucane to right center for a 2-run homer, scoring Megan Geer from first base. The homer was Gregg's seventh of the season and her 13th extra-base hit.