LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Four players recorded multiple hits as No. 14 Tennessee made quick work of Bradley on Saturday night with an 8-0 run-rule victory at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.
Sophomore first baseman Brooke Vines drove in two runs and also scored a pair to go along with her two hits on the night as the Volunteers remained unbeaten on the year. Aubrey Leach, Megan Geer and Jenna Holcomb were the other three players with multiple hits as the Big Orange improved to 7-0.
True freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold got the start and earned her third win of the season after giving up just one hit and striking out three batters over three scoreless innings. The Maryville native has not given up an earned run in 15 innings pitched so far this season.
Tennessee struck first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the third inning, after both teams went scoreless in the first two frames. Leach was called safe at home after an interference call on the catcher to give the Vols a 1-0 lead before Vines and Geer followed with RBI hits. Geer came in to score on an illegal pitch to cap off the scoring in the inning.
The Orange and White added another four runs an inning later to take an 8-0 lead after four. Vines hit her second RBI single of the night before Meghan Gregg drove in her team-leading 16th run of the year with a single of her own to make it 6-0. One batter later, Gregg scored all the way from first after a single from Geer and an error by the Bradley left fielder. An illegal pitch by Braves' pitcher Julie Kestas allowed Geer to score the final run of the game.
After a rough outing earlier in the day, sophomore pitcher Matty Moss bounced back by tossing two shutout innings in relief to seal the win. Kelly Kapp led Bradley (4-5) with two of the team's three hits in the contest.
HOLCOMB HIT STREAK: One of the early surprises this season has been the play of freshman outfielder Jenna Holcomb. The California native leads the team with a .588 batting average and is tied for second on the squad with 10 hits. Holcomb went 4-for-6 with four runs scored on the day and has recorded a hit in all seven games this season, the only UT player to do so.
MARYVILLE IN THE HOUSE: Caylan Arnold continues to pitch lights out for the young Tennessee pitching staff. The freshman right-hander improved to 3-0 on the year with tonight's victory and has a perfect 0.00 ERA in 15 innings pitched this season. Arnold has racked up 15 strikeouts and hitters are batting just .132 against her.