KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 15 Tennessee (17-2) won on a walk-off single from Chelsea Seggern to topple Jacksonville State, 3-2, on Saturday night at Sherri Parker Lee. The Vols continued their dominance at the Tennessee Invitational tournament improving to 4-0.
Gamecocks pitcher Whitney Gillespie threw admirably from the circle, tossing 6.2 innings and finishing three strikeouts on 122 pitches. However, Gillespie walked both Brooke Vines and Meghan Gregg in the bottom of the seventh inning to put runners in scoring position. That opened the door for Seggern who crushed a ball deep to left-center field for the game-winning RBI single.
Following a slow start in the first inning, the Vols elected to turn to true freshman Caylan Arnold in the pitcher's circle. Arnold answered the call in the second inning, striking out all three batters on only 12 pitches. She finished her night by throwing six hitless innings and finished with a career-high nine strikeouts. The only batter that Arnold allowed on base resulted from an error.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Volunteers responded quickly to get on the board in the bottom of the first when Gregg smacked the game's only extra-base hit, doubling to center field to score Vines. Gregg finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and an RBI.
CJ McClain continued the momentum in the second inning, tying the game up with an RBI groundout to score pinch runner Shelby Robinson from third. Both teams went scoreless over the next four innings as both pitchers found their rhythm.
Arnold retired the final 10 batters of the game to improve to 7-2 on the season. Taylor Sloan and Stephanie Lewis had the only two hits on the night for the Gamecocks (10-6).
CALYLAN'S CAREER HIGH: In her six innings of relief, Caylan Arnold recorded a career-high nine strikeouts against the Gamecocks on Saturday. Her previous high of six strikeouts came against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 17. The Maryville native did not allow a hit on the night and allowed just one baserunner in the game.
SEGGERN'S COMES UP CLUTCH: True freshman Chelsea Seggern hit her first career walk-off on Saturday for the Volunteers. In the last two games, Seggern has four hits for four RBIs. The Texas native 0-for-3 on the night before her final at-bat.
UP NEXT: The Vols wrap up the Tennessee Invitational when they host Delaware at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Listen live as Brian Rice calls the action on Sports Radio WNML (99.1 FM | 990 AM) and UTSports.com.