LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Taylor Rowland, Brooke Vines and Abby Lockman all drove in multiple runs as No. 15/14 Tennessee rolled to a 9-0 win over New Mexico State to close out the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.
Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss combined to throw a three-hit shutout, the fifth shutout thrown by the Big Orange this season. The dynamic duo also combined to strike out nine Aggies in the game, five for Moss and four for Arnold.
UT opened the scoring early with three runs in the top of the first inning, all coming with two outs. Vines started the rally with a two-out walk and Rowland ended up driving in all three runs with a bases-clearing double three batters later.
Arnold worked around two hits in the bottom of the first to get out of an early jam. The freshman struck out the side and got Kaitlyn Rubio swinging with runners on second and third to end the inning.
After tacking on another run in the second, the Vols busted the game open with five runs in the third inning. Abby Lockman doubled in a pair of runs before Chelsea Seggern scored on an Aubrey Leach sacrifice fly. Vines finished the frame with an RBI double of her own to drive in two more runs and make it 9-0.
Rachel Rodriguez led the Aggies with two of the team's three hits for the game as they fell to 4-4 on the season.
ROWLAND ROLLING: Vols' redshirt freshman Taylor Rowland continued to swing a hot bat in Monday night's win over the Aggies. The Chino Hills, Calif., native went 2-for-2 with a three-run double in the first inning to get Tennessee on the board. Over the past three contests, Rowland is 6-for-10 with four runs, eight RBIs and one home run.
HIGH-POWERED OFFENSE: Tennessee has been one of the most explosive offensive teams in the nation so far this season and that didn't change on Monday as the Vols scored more than seven run for the ninth time in 10 games. Middle Tennessee is the only team to hold UT to less than seven runs in a game this season. The Orange and White have now won seven of their 10 games this season by run-rule.
SHUTTIN' EM DOWN: Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss combined to throw a three-hit shutout on the night. Arnold and Moss combined for nine strikeouts as Tennessee posted its fifth shutout of the season. Arnold also extended her streak without giving up an earned run to 22 consecutive innings. The freshman is tied for first in the nation with a 0.00 ERA.
UP NEXT: The Vols continue their west-coast road trip at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., where they will play five games against some of the nation's top teams. UT opens the tournament on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET against defending national champion Oklahoma. All five of Tennessee's games will be streamed on FloSoftball.com.