Tennessee softball’s second walk-off win against Alabama in as many nights has the Lady Vols on the verge of what would be a historic 3-game sweep vs. the Crimson Tide.
The No. 14-ranked Lady Vols (39-5 overall, 11-3 SEC) extended their nation-long win streak to 18 games with a 2-0 triumph on Sunday night when sophomore Brooke Vines drove a 2-1 offering over the center-field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was the second straight night UT won in that fashion, having knocked off the Crimson Tide on Saturday night when Chelsea Seggern came through with a hit in a 3-2 victory.
Tennessee has yet to sweep Alabama in a 3-game series since the teams began playing in 1997, though in Monica Abbott’s senior year (2007), the Lady Vols won a 2-game series in Knoxville (9-2, 4-0).
On Sunday night, neither team advanced a runner to third base through the fourth inning of a pitching duel between Tennessee sophomore Matty Moss (20-1) and Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn (14-3).
Vines’ walk-off home run brought the sellout crowd at Lee Stadium to its feet and triggered several replays on SEC Network. Junior Meghan Gregg had drawn a leadoff walk and been replaced by pinch-runner Sheridan Allen leading up to Vines’ dynamic dramatics.
It was a gutsy win for Moss, who had reached 131 in her pitch count, twice escaping innings when Alabama had advanced a runner to third.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fifth when Lady Vols freshman third baseman Seggern snagged a line drive to end the threat.
In the top of the seventh, the Tide had a runner at third when Moss induced Mari Cranek to pop out to end the inning.
The teams meet at 7 p.m. on Monday (TV: SEC Network) in the finale of the 3-game series.