Aggies drop series opener at No. 11 Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Texas A&M Softball fell to No. 11 Tennessee, 4-1, in the series opener Friday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Tennessee (38-12, 13-9 SEC) jumped out to an early 1-0 in the first as Chelsea Seggern plated Aubrey Leach on a double to right. Riley Sartain evened the game for the Aggies (27-23, 5-17 SEC) as the senior belted her team-leading seventh homer of the season.

The Lady Vols regained the lead in the sixth, scoring on a double and a sacrifice fly, before adding an insurance run in the seventh.

Kendall Potts was saddled with the loss as the junior gave up two earned runs on five hits and struck out four.

KEY INNINGS

B1 | Tennessee struck first as Aubrey Leach, who reached on an infield single, scored on a Chelsea Seggern double down the right field line. UT 1, A&M 0

T5 | Riley Sartain tied the game with a dinger to dead center, her seventh of the season. A&M 1, UT 1

B5 | The Lady Vols scored twice to regain the lead. Seggern walked and later scored on a Haley Bearden double. Bearden advanced to third on a throwing error and touched home on a Amanda Ayala sacrifice fly. A&M 1, UT 1

Top Offensive Player:

Riley Sartain | 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Pitching Breakdown:

Kendall Potts (12-11) – L, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

WHAT THEY SAID

Head Coach Jo Evans

On Riley Sartain’s home run…

“It has been a long time since we hit a home run. For her to get out there and square it up. It was beautiful. She took a changeup to the deepest part of the field. You want that for her, and you want that for our ball club. We have kids in front of her that can set the table and it is nice to see her get all of that one for sure.”

On Kendall Potts’ performance…

“Kendall got herself out of that jam in the first inning and really settled in. We don’t want her to feel like she has to be perfect. We have to make plays behind her. Offensively, we need to do our part. You put a lot of pressure on the pitcher and defense when you don’t get quality at bats.”

ON DECK

The Aggies and Volunteers square off for game two at 1 p.m. CT on SEC Network +.