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Texas A&M Athletics | May 6, 2017

No. 6 Texas A&M dismantles No. 9 Tennessee, 5-1

  The Aggies struck first in the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead — more than enough offense to down the Vols.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 6 Texas A&M Softball team downed No. 9 Tennessee, 5-1, Friday night in the series opener at the Aggie Softball Complex.

With the win, the Aggies move to 42-7 (16-5 SEC) on the year and maintain their hold on second place in the SEC standings. Tennessee falls to 42-9 (14-7 SEC) on the campaign.

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The Maroon and White struck first in the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead. Kaitlyn Alderink led off with a double and moved to third as Tori Vidales reached on a fielder's choice. Riley Sartain drew a walk to load the bases, before Samantha Show drove in Alderink on a single to left. Following an Ashley Walters walk that allowed Vidales to touch home, Sarah Hudek plated Sartain on a sacrifice fly.

Texas A&M tacked on to its lead in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Hudek. With the bags full of Ags following two walks and a single, Hudek sent a liner to center past the outstretched glove of CJ McClain, scoring Vidales and Walters.

Hudek led the offense, who had eight hitters reach base, with a season-high three RBI. Walters and Sartain each drew two walks, while Reagan Boenker was hit by a pitch twice.

Tennessee mounted a mini rally in the seventh, scoring on a Chelsea Seggern single and had runners on the corners before Trinity Harrington sealed the deal with a grounder to short.

Harrington improved to 13-2 on the year, throwing a six-hit complete game with two strikeouts. The Greeley, Colorado, native allowed a single in the first, before retiring 12 of the next 14 batters.

Caylan Arnold was saddled with the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits and a pair of walks. Kelsey Morrision gave up two runs on three hits and five walks in 3.1 innings of relief.

The two teams return to the Aggie Softball Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. All three games can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.