KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The bats heated up for No. 14/13 Tennessee in a 10-4 win over South Carolina on a cold Saturday afternoon at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Meghan Gregg served as the offensive catalyst, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs and home run. The Georgia native extended her hit streak to 10 games, a new career long.
Matty Moss got the start in the circle and pitched five innings while recording seven strikeouts to improve to 11-0 on the year. Caylan Arnold had a nice bounce-back performance as well, giving up just one hit while striking out two in two innings of relief.
For the second straight game the Gamecocks jumped out to an early lead, plating a pair of runs in the first inning on two hits and two Tennessee errors.
The Vols (20-3, 1-1 SEC) responded immediately with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Aubrey Leach started the inning with a walk and moved to third on a double off the wall by Gregg. Brooke Vines singled to right center to score Leach, and Gregg came around to score on a throwing error by the USC catcher later in the inning to tie the game at two. A sacrifice fly by Chelsea Seggern a few pitches later put UT on top, 3-2.
Two errors by South Carolina (18-6, 1-1 SEC) helped the Vols extend their lead to 4-2 in the second inning. CJ McClain reached on an error, stole second and scored on the Gamecocks' second miscue of the inning to give UT a two-run advantage.
A two-out RBI double by Krystan White cut the Gamecocks' deficit to one in the top of the third. Kennedy Clark scored from first base on the play after reaching on a walk one batter earlier.
Some clutch hitting with two outs helped Tennessee add some insurance in the bottom of the fourth. Leach doubled home McClain before Gregg smashed her seventh home run of the season to make it 7-3 Volunteers.
South Carolina cut the deficit to three with a leadoff solo homer by Tiara Duffy in the sixth inning. Duffy finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon, one of two Gamecocks with multiple hits.
Tennessee capped the scoring with three more runs in the sixth inning. Gregg drove in her third run of the afternoon with an RBI fielder's choice before the Gamecocks' fourth error of the game allowed Leach to score. Megan Geer singled to center field to plate Gregg and make it 10-4 Vols.
Arnold tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game and record her second save of the season. Nickie Blue was stuck with the loss for South Carolina after giving up seven runs in four innings.
BOUNCE BACK VOLS: Coming off a tough loss in the series opener, UT got the bats going in Game 2, recording 10 runs off nine hits. Five Vols had a hit with four of them recording multiple hits. Leach, Gregg and McClain all scored three runs as well.
GREGG GOES YARD: Junior shortstop Meghan Gregg provided some pop for the Vols on Saturday afternoon, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Tennessee some breathing room. The Georgia native leads the team with seven home runs and 41 RBIs this season.
UP NEXT: The rubber match between the Vols and Gamecocks will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network and can also be heard on Sports Radio WNML (AM 990) as well as UTSports.com.