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NCAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - KNOXVILLE REGIONAL AT KNOXVILLE TN

Vols punch ticket to Supers with shutout vs. Longwood

203 days ago
Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 7 Tennessee punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Regionals for the fifth time in the past six seasons with a 3-0 victory over Longwood in Sunday's regional final at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Meghan Gregg tied UT's single-season RBI record by driving in two runs and starting pitcher Matty Moss was dominate once again in the circle, improving her record to 25-2 this year.

The Volunteers (47-10) went undefeated in an NCAA Regional for the eighth time in program history with today's win over the Lancers. In six of the seven previous occasions, UT went on to advance to the Women's College World Series.

Gregg got UT off to a great start with an RBI single to drive in Aubrey Leach and put the Vols up 1-0 in the first inning. Leach led off the inning with an infield single and stole second base to move into scoring position before scoring her team-leading 59th run of the season.

It was Gregg who came through again in the top of the fifth with a solo blast into the outfield bleachers, her third home run of the tournament and 14th of the season, setting a new single-season career high. The homer as moved the Georgia native into a tie for first on Tennessee's single-season RBI list with 77.

Brooke Vines brought home Jenna Holcomb with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to extend the Vols' lead to three. Holcomb reached base with a single through the right side and was moved into scoring positon by Gregg in the next at-bat.

Moss was brilliant in circle, tossing a complete-game, four-hit shutout while recording nine strikeouts. It is the 13th complete game for Moss this season and her seventh shutout on the year. The nine strikeouts for the South Carolina native was one off a career high.

Krista Kelly led Longwood (30-29) with two hits while Sydney Gay did the majority of the work in the circle, throwing six innings while giving up 10 hits and two runs in a losing effort.

UP NEXT: With the win, Tennessee advances to the NCAA Super Regionals next week to take on No. 9 seed Texas A&M. The Vols will host the Aggies at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Dates and times for that series will be announced after all NCAA Regional games have concluded. Get your tickets for next week's Super Regionals at AllVols.com.

RBI QUEEN: Junior shortstop Meghan Gregg tied the UT single-season RBI record with two in the Vols' win on Sunday afternoon. She is tied with Kristi Durant (2005) and Bridget Jackson (1996) for the program record of 77. Her solo homer in the fifth inning also moved her into a tie for fourth on Tennessee's career home runs list with 38, putting her just 13 shy of Tonya Callahan's program record of 51 with an entire season still to play.

MOSS DOMINATES ONCE AGAIN: Sophomore right hander Matty Moss was dominant once again in the circle, tossing her second complete-game shutout of the weekend against the Lancers. Moss finished the NCAA Regional tournament with two complete-game shutouts, both against Longwood, 15 innings pitched and 20 strikeouts. Moss only allowed five hits and two walks during the tournament.

SUPER FEELING IN KNOXVILLE: The Big Orange are headed back to the NCAA Super Regionals for the fifth time in the past six years and will host No. 9 Texas A&M next week. The Vols and Aggies will begin their best-of-three series on either Thursday or Friday with every game set to be televised on the ESPN family of networks. Stay locked to UTSports.com and the Tennessee Softball Twitter account (@Vol_Softball) for that information.