Tennessee’s most consistent sports program stayed red hot on Sunday, winning its 14th straight game and sweeping a third consecutive opponent on Sunday.
Junior Scarlet McSwain, from Henry County High School in Tennessee, walloped a grand slam in the opening inning and the Lady Vols (35-5, 9-3 SEC) cruised to a 9-4 win at No. 20-ranked Kentucky (24-11, 5-7).
Lady Vols freshman Caylan Arnold, another in-state product from Maryville, pitched the first 5 innings for No. 17 Tennessee to get the win and run her record to 15-4.
Tennessee softball assistant coach Marty McDaniel said he was proud of Arnold for adjusting in the circle to what became a very tight strike zone in Lexington.
“It’s good for our freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold to experience this, and I told her you will get games like this, where the umpire might be a little tight,” McDaniel said. “You get umpires who have a tight zone, and in the (NCAA) regionals, this is the type of zone you will get, so this will help you out in about three weeks.”
Tennessee returns to Knoxville for a doubleheader against Tennessee State on Tuesday.
Co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly have not lost to an in-state opponent during their tenure, having won 90 straight.