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Eagle Round Robin

Tennessee tops UNCG 7-1

1473 days ago
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STATESBORO, Ga. -- No. 15 Tennessee remained perfect on the year with a 7-1 victory over UNC Greensboro at the Eagle Round Robin.

Megan Geer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the offense while freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold was stellar in the circle for the second straight day to earn her second win of the year.

It was the Spartans (1-2) who jumped out to an early advantage with an RBI single by Rachael McClaskey in the top of the first inning. It was the first run that the Volunteers had given up this season after back-to-back shutouts on opening day.

The Big Orange (3-0) responded quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Aubrey Leach led the inning off with a walk and Brooke Vines followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position. One batter later, Geer came through with a single through the right side that scored both runners.

UT added to its lead with another RBI single by Geer in the third inning. Vines scored on the play after getting hit by a pitch, stealing second and advancing to third on an error.

A home run from sophomore catcher Abby Lockman extended the Tennessee lead to three in the fourth inning. The Corona, Calif., native hammered the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence to make it 4-1.

A pair of bases-loaded walks by Lockman and Taylor Rowland as well as a sacrifice fly by Jenna Holcomb added three more runs to the Vols' total in the fifth, extending the lead to 7-1.

Junior college transfer Alex Brake made her UT debut when she came in to pitch the final inning and kept the Spartans off the board to keep the final score at 7-1.

FEAR THE GEER: Senior outfielder Megan Geer paced the UT offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs. The California native is up to four RBIs this season after three games.

ARNOLD IMPRESSES AGAIN: True freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold was impressive for the second straight day for the Volunteers. The Maryville native tossed six innings while giving up just a single unearned run. Arnold scattered four hits and struck out six en route to improving to 2-0 on the year.

CLUTCH HITTING: The Vols were clutch at the plate on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-9 with runners on base. UT also had a sacrifice fly and two bases-loaded walks in the game.

UP NEXT: Tennessee takes on tournament host Georgia Southern later this afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. Fans can listen live HERE or watch the live stream HERE. The live stream requires a subscription to watch.