Tennessee’s softball team won its 16th straight game and ran its in-state win streak to 92 games on Tuesday night, sweeping a doubleheader from Tennessee State.
The No. 14 ranked Lady Vols (37-5) beat the Tigers (9-27) in run-rule fashion in both games at Lee Stadium.
Tennessee scored an 8-0 triumph in six innings in the opener and won the nightcap 11-1 in five innings.
Co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly have not lost a regular-season game to an in-state opponent since taking over the Tennessee program in 2002.
The Lady Vols haven won 16 of their games this season in run-rule fashion.
The team name is still officially “Vols,” but university officials say it is acceptable for the team to be referred to as the Lady Vols.
New athletic director John Currie said the reinstatement of the Lady Vols nickname for all female sports teams is something he will be considering in the near future.
Junior shortstop Meghan Gregg, honored as Tennessee’s Co-Female Athlete of the Year on Monday night, was a combined 5-for-7 hitting at the plate in the games, with 5 RBIs including a walk-off hit in the opener.
Freshman Caylan Arnold pitched six scoreless innings in the opener, fanning eight while allowing Tennessee State just one hit.
Matty Moss got the win in the night cap, coming on in relief of starter Kelsey Morrison.
Tennessee returns to action at 6 p.m. on Friday against No. 9-ranked Alabama at Lee Stadium in Knoxville.
The Tide is 36-7 and coming off an 8-0 run-rule victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday night.
The Lady Vols are 9-3 in SEC play, while Alabama is 10-5 in conference games.