KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Caylan Arnold had eight strikeouts in a complete-game, one-hit shutout as No. 14 Tennessee run ruled Tennessee State, 8-0, in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Arnold carried a no-hitter into the sixth before Whitney Ennis singled to left field to lead off the inning. The Maryville native allowed just four baserunners to record her second complete-game shutout of the year and improve to 16-4.
Meghan Gregg hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Volunteers their 16th run-rule victory of the season. Gregg finished 3-for-4 and drove in four of UT's runs in the win to increase her RBI total to 61 for the year, tying a single-season career high.
Gregg got the scoring started with an RBI double in the top of the first to drive in Aubrey Leach, who led off the inning with an infield single. Gregg came in to score on an error by Tigers' left fielder Kasey Cox to put the Vols up 2-0.
The dynamic duo of Brooke Vines and Gregg did more damage in the bottom of the second. Vines singled through the right side to make it 3-0 right before Gregg capped the two-out rally with a two-run double down the right-field line to put the Vols up by five.
The Big Orange added another run in the third to make it 6-0 before Gregg ended the game with her third RBI hit of the night. Lauren Woodard was the losing pitcher for the Tigers after allowing six runs on seven hits in three innings of work.
The victory extended Tennessee's win streak against in-state opponents to 91 straight games heading into Game 2 of the doubleheader.
ARNOLD SHUTS `EM DOWN: Freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold had one of her best starts of the season, allowing just one hit in a complete-game shutout performance. Arnold allowed just four baserunners and finished one strikeout off her career high with eight for the game.
MORE RBIs FOR GREGG: National RBI leader Meghan Gregg drove in four more runs in the Game 1 victory over the Tigers to increase her season total to 61. Two of her three hits were doubles, giving her an NCAA-best 18 on the year.