Tennessee softball owns the nation’s longest win streak, making it 17 victories in a row by knocking off No. 9-ranked Alabama, 3-2.
Chelsea Seggern delivered the walk-off game-winning RBI single on Saturday night, lifting the No. 14-ranked Lady Vols (38-5, 10-3 SEC) over the Crimson Tide (36-8, 10-6) before the capacity crowd at Lee Stadium.
Tennessee and Alabama meet again at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday before closing their series at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Seggern, a freshman from Texas, laced a 1-0 pitch through the right side of the infield to bring home Aubrey Leach with the game-winner.
Leach opened the inning with a double down the left-field line. Walks to Megan Geer and Meghan Gregg loaded the bases and forced Alabama starter Alexis Osorio (18-5) out of the game, as the Tide went to their bullpen.
Alabama’s strategy nearly worked, as Brooke Vines proceeded to hit into a fielder’s choice and Scarlet McSwain popped out before Seggern delivered.
The Tide struck first in the game, getting 2 runs in the top of the fourth when McSwain misjudged a high fly ball in left field that would have ended the inning had she made the routine play.
Tennessee answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, and freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold (17-4) slammed the door shut from then on, allowing just 3 hits and 4 walks over the 7 innings she pitched.
The No. 2-ranked Arizona Wildcats had previously held the nation’s longest win streak at 26 games before they fell to Utah on Friday night.