LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- No. 14 Tennessee scored early and often in a 16-1 blowout victory against Northern Colorado on Sunday afternoon at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.
Freshman Jenna Holcomb had a career day at the plate with two hits, three runs and four RBIs. She was one of seven Vols to drive in runs for the game and extended her hit streak to eight games. Matty Moss improved to 4-0 after tossing five scoreless innings in relief with a season-high seven strikeouts.
The Vols wasted no time getting on the board, striking for four runs in the top of the first inning. Meghan Gregg drove in her 17th run of the year with a double and Brooke Vines followed with an RBI infield single. Vines came around to score on a wild pitch to cap the scoring in the inning.
The Bears (1-9) got a run back in the bottom of the first after the Vols walked the first three batters to load the bases. Lauren Paige drove in Erica Dick with a groundout that UT nearly turned a double play on to make it 4-1.
Moss struck out Adeline Coldiron to get out of the jam and limit the damage. Holcomb extended the UT lead and her hitting streak with a two-run double in the second inning. The freshman outfielder has now had a hit in all eight of Tennessee's games this season. Gregg followed that up with her second RBI of the game with a single up the middle to make it 7-1.
Tennessee exploded for five more runs in the third to really blow the game open. Taylor Rowland led off the inning with her first-career home run, a blast to left-center into a stiff wind. Holcomb continued her big afternoon with a two-run single to finish the game with a career-high four RBIs. Megan Geer and Vines also had RBIs later in the inning to increase the UT lead to 11.
Abby Lockman put an exclamation mark on the win with a three-run inside-the-park homer to make it 16-1. Savannah Huffstetler narrowly missed her first-career home run earlier in the inning after her shot bounced off the top of the wall for an RBI double.
CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP: Vols' freshman Jenna Holcomb has been nearly unstoppable at the plate and continued her hot hitting against the Bears. The Los Alamitos, Calif., native went 2-for-3 with three runs and a career-high four RBIs. Holcomb also extended her hit streak to eight games to start the season. OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT: Tennessee continued to score runs at a torrid pace with 16 more in Sunday's win over the Bears. Seven Vols drove in runs and eight had hits as Tennessee scored seven or more runs for the seventh time in eight games. The Big Orange have posted double-digit runs four times this year and have won five of their games by run-rule.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Caylan Arnold threw a complete-game shutout and Taylor Rowland drove in four runs as No. 15/14 Tennessee blew past RV/RV Oregon State, 14-0 (5), on Sunday afternoon at the Troy Cox Classic.
Arnold was spectacular in the circle en route to her first-career complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out two batters and issuing no walks. After allowing the Beavers' first two batters to reach base, the freshman retired 15 straight batters to end the game. Arnold improved to 4-0 on the year with the victory.
Rowland, a redshirt freshman, came up big at the plate, setting career highs with three hits, three runs and four RBIs to lead a potent Tennessee attack. Fellow freshman Chelsea Seggern also had a huge game with two hits, two runs and three RBIs, and hit her first-career home run.
Neither team was able to score in the first inning despite moving multiple runners into scoring position as both pitchers worked their way out of early jams. After leaving the bases loaded in the first, the Vols capitalized on their chances in the second, scoring twice to take a 2-0 lead.
CJ McClain opened the scoring with an infield RBI single and Seggern scored later in the inning to make it 2-0. Rowland doubled in the third inning for her first RBI of the game and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Aubrey Leach later in the inning.
The Big Orange (9-0) busted the game open with a six-run fourth, extending their lead to 10-0. Scarlet McSwain, Rowland, Abby Lockman and Jenna Holcomb all had RBI hits in the frame. Rowland and Seggern capped the scoring in the top of the fifth with a double and a three-run homer to make it 14-0.
McKenna Arriola and Shelby Weeks had the only two hits for Oregon State (6-2) while freshman pitcher Nerissa Eason gave up nine runs in her first loss of the season.
FRESHMAN FRENZY: A trio of Vols' freshmen led the way to today's big win over Oregon State. Caylan Arnold threw her first ever complete-game shutout while Taylor Rowland drove in four runs and Chelsea Seggern hit her first-career homer, a three-run shot in the fifth inning.
ARNOLD SHINES AGAIN: Caylan Arnold put forth her most dominant performance yet with a complete-game shutout to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Maryville native retired the final 15 batters she faced and only allowed two hits in the game. She has yet to allow an unearned run this season and has given up just a single run in 20 innings pitched this year.
UP NEXT: Tennessee concludes play at the Troy Cox Classic tomorrow night against host New Mexico State at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed on NM State's website HERE. A free radio broadcast will also be available at this LINK. Live stats for the game can be found HERE.