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No. 15 Tennessee races past Campbell 10-1

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meghan Gregg hit her second grand slam of the season to lead No. 15 Tennessee to a 10-1 rout of Campbell Monday evening at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Freshman Caylan Arnold pitched five shutout innings while recording a career-high nine strikeouts for the second straight appearance. With the win, the Volunteers improved to 19-2 on the year.

Senior outfielder Megan Geer also made her return to the lineup after missing the past five games with an injury. The California native didn't miss a beat, going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI double in the game.

UT raced out to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning thanks to RBI doubles from Brooke Vines and Geer after Aubrey Leach led off the game with a walk.

Arnold allowed no hits and struck out four through the first two frames while Katie Baker went just 1.1 innings for Campbell (13-9) before being relieved after giving up eight runs.

The Vols' offense exploded in the second, highlighted by Gregg's grand slam. Geer later scored on a bases-loaded walk to cap off a six-run inning that put UT ahead 8-0.

Arnold's no-hit bid was broken up in the third on a single up the middle by Baker and Campbell's Melissa Tullar ended the shutout bid in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single to center field.

Chelsea Seggern put the Vols back up by eight in the bottom of the fourth with a double to deep center field to score Geer. An RBI fielder's choice by Scarlet McSwain capped the scoring for Tennessee, extending its lead to 10-1.

GRAND SLAM FOR GREGG: Meghan Gregg hit her second grand slam of the season to blow the game open in the second inning. Her four-RBI night gives her 38 for the season, which ranks second in the nation, one behind Arkansas' Nicole Schroeder for the national and SEC lead.

STRIKEOUT CITY: Caylan Arnold pitched five innings and allowed no runs, while tying her career high in strikeouts with nine, as she improved to 8-2 on the year. The Maryville native has now struck out nine batters in back-to-back appearances and has 52 total strikeouts for the season.

GEER BACK WITH A BANG: After missing the past five games, senior outfielder Megan Geer made her return to the lineup on Monday night. Geer went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in her return.

UP NEXT: Tennessee opens SEC play this Friday as South Carolina visits Knoxville for a three-game series. Friday's series opener will be streamed live on SEC Network +/WatchESPN while the final two games of the series will air live on the SEC Network. All three games can also be heard on Sports Radio WNML (FM 99.1 | AM 990) as well as UTSports.com.