No. 4 Tennessee erases three-run deficit to top No. 21 Texas A&M 5-3
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Annie Aldrete hammered a three-run homer in the fifth inning and No. 4 Tennessee erased a three-run deficit with five unanswered runs to top No. 21 Texas A&M 5-3 on Sunday and take the season series.
Tennessee (35-6, 11-4 SEC) scored one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the seventh. Texas A&M (28-14, 9-9 SEC) scored three runs in the second. On Friday, the Aggies won the first game of the series 4-1. Tennessee crushed Texas A&M, 15-2 (5), on Saturday to even the series at 1-1 entering Sunday's game.
With the win, Tennessee improved to 11-0 on Sundays this year, including a 5-0 mark in SEC Sunday games. UT has won 13 consecutive Sunday games, going back to the 2013 season.
Aldrete's lone hit of the day was a big one- a three-run shot in the fifth that put UT in front, 4-3. Haley Tobler was perfect 3-for-3 with one run. Taylor Koenig went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Melissa Davin hit a solo homer in the seventh inning.
Ellen Renfroe improved to 23-3 after striking out six and allowing three runs during seven frames. The win marked Renfroe's 22nd complete game of the season.
Texas A&M took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. With one out, Breanna Dozier hit an RBI single up the middle, scoring pinch runner Allison Garrett. Three batters later, Reagan Boenker hit a two-out RBI single to left field and two runners scored on the play.
The Lady Vols plated one run in the top of the fourth. Tobler knocked a one-out double off the wall in right center and Koenig drove her in with an RBI single to left field.
Tennessee took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth. Shaliyah Geathers opened the inning with an infield single to short and advanced to second on a throwing error. Two batters later, Madison Shipman drew a one out walk on four pitches. Aldrete crushed a 3-1 pitch from A&M starter Rachel Fox to left field for her 10th homer of the year, driving in three runs to give UT the 4-3 lead.
Texas A&M threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and one out. Koenig came up with a big 5-2-3 double play, turning a grounder to third from Jenna Stark and throwing home to Aldrete before the catcher fired to first base to get Stark out.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Davin hammered the first pitch for a solo home run to left center to give the Lady Vols an insurance run and a 5-3 lead.