KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly earned her 1,000th career victory as the 19th ranked Volunteers cruised to a 9-2 win over No. 25 North Carolina on Wednesday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
With the win, Weekly became the 33rd head coach is Division I history to reach the 1,000 win mark and joins her husband Ralph Weekly as the first husband and wife duo to accomplish the feat.
Chelsea Seggern and Brooke Vines had career nights in the win as the bats heated up for the Vols after a rough series offensively last weekend at Arkansas. Seggern continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with while tying career highs with three RBIs and two runs. Vines also tied her career high in RBIs, driving in three runs for the second consecutive game.
Freshman Caylan Arnold got the win after allowing only one run and recording five strikeouts in five innings pitched to improve to 10-4 on the year.
Tennessee (23-5) got the offense going early and had big innings in the first and fourth. Eight of the nine UT starters reached base in the game as the Vols hammered out 12 hits total.
The Vols opened the game with a bang, scoring four runs in a first inning that saw five out of eight UT batters reach
base. Seggern provided half of the inning’s scoring when she launched a triple that brought in Meghan Greg and Megan Greer. The triple was the first of Seggern’s career at Tennessee.
Seggern continued her big night when she crushed a ball over the right field wall in the bottom of the third to put Tennessee up 5-1. Then in the fourth, UT’s bats came alive again as Geer hit a bases-loaded single that drove in two runs and Vines laced a ball into the left-field corner for a triple that brought in two more runs.
UNC’s Brittany Pickett hit a solo home run in the fifth to cut the deficit to seven, but the Tar Heels (24-7) were unable to get any closer the rest of the way. Kendra Lynch got the start and struggled to contain UT’s high-powered offense, giving up nine runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
1,000 WINS FOR WEEKLY: Co-head coach Karen Weekly became the 33rd Division I head coach to achieve the 1,000 win milestone.
SUPER SEGGERN: Chelsea Seggern continued her hot streak at the plate, recording two hits and tying career highs with three RBIs and two runs scored. The freshman from Thrall, Texas also hit her second-career home run and her first-career triple on the night to lead the UT offensive explosion. Seggern now has 14 hits over her past 11 games, which leads the team.
WINS OVER RANKED FOES: With tonight’s win, the Vols recorded their third win over a ranked opponent this season. UT has now beaten No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 25 Arkansas and No. 25 North Carolina and will have three more chances at ranked wins when No. 23 Ole Miss comes to town this weekend.
UP NEXT: Tennessee resumes SEC play when No. 23 Ole Miss visits Lee Stadium for three games this Friday-Sunday. Friday and Sunday’s games will be streamed on SEC Network +/WatchESPN and Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network. All three games will also be carried on Sports Radio WNML.
Source- University of Tennessee Athletics