Slugfest powers Vols past NC State

UT Softball's Megan Geer hits a grand slam in the first inning against North Carolina State.

Megan Geer crushed a grand slam in the first inning and No. 19 Tennessee softball combined for three home runs in Friday's 8-3 win over North Carolina State.

Geer's second career grand slam came with one out in the first inning, in a game in which Tennessee never trailed. With her home run, she has 164 career RBIs at Tennessee, good for eighth in program history. 

"Sometimes, especially for myself, I'll get excited, when you're in a big situation like that," Geer said after the game. "I was working on staying calm, having the same swing, doing the normal thing. It was great that it ended up being a home run, but I'm always trying to get a good hit for my team."

 

 

Junior Meghan Gregg hit a two-run home run to deep center field in the third inning to give Tennessee a 6-2 lead. Two batters later, junior Scarlet McSwain (who had come off the bench to play catcher) hit a solo shot to left field.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Rowland hit a RBI single in the fifth inning to cap Tennessee's scoring.

Caylan Arnold (13-4) earned the win, pitching 4.1 solid innings. The Maryville High School alumna allowed three runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one batter. Although the freshman ran into trouble allowing base runners in her final innings of work, Coach Ralph Weekly said pulling her in the fifth inning was only a precautionary measure for the rest of the weekend.

 

 

"Caylan was doing fine," Weekly said. "I think what we're going to do this weekend - I think it's what they're probably going to do, too - when it's a non-conference thing, switch the pitchers. I hope to see [Kelsey] Morrison tomorrow and I hope to see Matty [Moss] some more, and you could see all three of them tomorrow."

Sophomore Matty Moss threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out two batters.

Tennessee and the Wolfpack will continue their series Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.

 

 

 

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