FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- No. 25 Arkansas rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 2-1 win over No. 14 Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Bogle Park, handing the Volunteers their second straight loss.
Savannah Huffstetler broke a scoreless tie with an RBI groundout in the top of the seventh, but the Vols (21-5, 2-3 SEC) were unable to hold on in the bottom half of the inning. Tori Copper sent a two-out single into center field to give the Razorbacks (21-5, 2-3 SEC) a walk-off win.
Chelsea Seggern was the only UT player with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Arkansas' starter Autumn Storms improved to 9-3 with a complete-game performance, allowing just one run on five Tennessee hits.
Freshman Caylan Arnold matched Storms pitch-for-pitch until the seventh, tossing 6.2 innings while allowing two runs on seven hits to fall to 9-4 on the year.
Following two solid innings to start the game, Arnold ran into some trouble in the bottom of the third but was able to escape the jam unscathed. After retiring the first two batters, the freshman right-hander walked a batter, allowed an infield single and hit another batter to load the bases before striking out Cooper on a full count to end the inning.
The Vols had a chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth after Meghan Gregg was hit by a pitch and stole second with two outs, but Storms was able to strike out Megan Geer to get out of the jam and keep the game scoreless.
The Big Orange were finally able to break through in the top of the seventh. Seggern started things off with a one-out single and Katie Weimer followed with a walk before Taylor Rowland reached on an infield single to load the bases for Huffstetler. The Georgia native came through with an RBI groundout to put Tennessee on top, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Unfortunately, that one run wasn't enough as the Razorbacks rallied to score a pair of runs to win the game and take the series. Despite a strong performance to that point, Arnold struggled in the seventh, walking the leadoff batter, allowing a single and walking another to load the bases with one out. One batter later, Autumn Russell singled to left field to tie the game, and after a line out, Cooper hit the game-winning single to center field to end it.
PINCH HITTING HUFFSTETLER: Sophomore Savannah Huffstetler came up big when the Vols needed her, driving in Chelsea Seggern to break a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Huffstetler sent a grounder towards third that allowed Seggern to score and give UT a 1-0 lead. It was just the seventh at-bat of the year for the Suwanee, Ga., native.
ARNOLD'S BOUNCE-BACK PERFORMANCE: Despite being stuck with the loss, Caylan Arnold had a solid outing for Tennessee on Saturday afternoon after struggling in last week's series against South Carolina. The Maryville native didn't allow a run until struggling in the seventh, giving up two runs, two walks and three singles.
UP NEXT: The Vols and Razorbacks conclude their series tomorrow at noon ET. The game will be streamed live on SEC Network +/WatchESPN and can be heard live on Sports Radio WNML AM 990 as well as UTSports.com.