STATESBORO, Ga. -- Freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold was dominant in her Tennessee debut and Meghan Gregg was on fire at the plate with three hits and five RBIs to help lead the Vols to a 10-0 run-rule victory over Tennessee Tech in the 2017 season opener.
Arnold, a Maryville native, pitched five scoreless innings while racking up five strikeouts in her collegiate debut. Gregg was one of four Volunteers to drive in runs in the victory as UT improved to 21-0 all-time against the Eagles.
The Vols jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a Gregg two-run double to the gap in left-center field. The Williamson, Ga., native came through again in the third with her second RBI-double of the game to extend the Tennessee lead to 3-0. Aubrey Leach scored from second on the play after leading off the inning with a bloop single to center.
The Big Orange added to their lead with another pair of runs in the fourth inning. CJ McClain drove in a run with an infield single and pinch runner Sheridan Allen also came around to score on the play after a throwing error by the TTU shortstop.
Arnold didn't have to deal with many base runners on the afternoon but found herself in a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the fourth. The freshman from Maryville, Tenn., came up big with her fifth strikeout of the game to end the threat and preserve the shutout.
Scarlet McSwain made it 7-0 Vols with one swing of the bat in the fifth, blasting a two-run homer to left field. It was the first home run of the season for UT and the 14th of McSwain's career. UT finished off the scoring with three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the run-rule into affect.
The win improved Tennessee to 13-3 in season openers under Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly.
GREGG IN MIDSEASON FORM: Tennessee star shortstop Meghan Gregg picked right up where she left off last year. The All-SEC preseason pick went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Vols offensively.
ARNOLD IMPRESSES IN DEBUT: True freshman Caylan Arnold was dominant in her Tennessee debut, throwing five scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out five Eagles' batters to earn her first-career win.
UP NEXT: Tennessee jumps right back into action to take on Middle Tennessee in the second leg of today's doubleheader. Listen live on UTSports.com by clicking the "Listen" link on the softball schedule page.