KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 15/13 Tennessee continues its west-coast road trip at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic this Thursday-Saturday in Cathedral City, Calif.
2017 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
- Teams: Tennessee, Oklahoma, UC Santa Barbara, Nebraska, Utah, Texas
- Dates: Thursday, Feb. 23 -- Saturday, Feb. 25
- Venue: Big League Dreams Park (Cathedral City, Calif.)
- Stream: FloSoftball.com
- Live Stats: UTSports.com
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The undefeated Volunteers will take on some of the nation's top teams with games against No. 4/5 Oklahoma, UC Santa Barbara, Nebraska, No. 17/17 Utah and RV/RV Texas.
Tournament Schedule/Media & Broadcast Info
All five of UT's games will be streamed live on FloSoftball.com. Live stats for all five games will also be available on the softball schedule page on UTSports.com HERE.
View UT's full tournament schedule below.
Tennessee vs. No.4/5 Oklahoma | 6 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. UC Santa Barbara | 11 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. Nebraska | 6:30 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. No. 17/17 Utah | 9 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. RV/RV Texas | 3 p.m. ET
Need to Know
The Vols are coming off a 5-0 showing at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., winning four of their five games by run rule. UT scored eight or more runs in all five games and has scored seven or more runs in nine of its 10 contests this season.
Tennessee will see a rise in competition this week with two games against ranked foes, starting with a showdown against defending national champion Oklahoma. The Big Orange is a combined 16-10 against their five opponents this week.
Tennessee has gotten major production out of its freshman class so far this season, especially from the foursome of Caylan Arnold, Jenna Holcomb, Taylor Rowland and Chelsea Seggern. Arnold has been stellar in the circle with a 4-0 record and has yet to allow an earned run this season. She is currently tied for first in the country with a 0.00 ERA. Holcomb is batting .500 and has a hit in all 10 games this year, the longest streak to begin a season by any freshman in program history. Rowland has been on fire in the past three games with six hits, four runs and eight RBIs over that span. Seggern has been a steady presence at third base, starting all 10 games at the hot corner while also driving in six runs at the plate.
High-Powered Offense Showing No Signs of Slowing Down
The Vols offense has been one of the best in the country so far this season, averaging 10.2 runs per game. UT has scored seven or more runs in nine of their 10 games while scoring double-digit runs five times. The Big Orange rank in the top 15 nationally in scoring (third), batting average (third), on-base percentage (third), slugging percentage (eighth) and doubles per game (13th). Tennessee has also run ruled seven of its 10 opponents, including the last four.
Local Girl Doing Big Things
Maryville's own Caylan Arnold is off to an unbelievable start to her Tennessee career as she leads the nation with a spotless 0.00 ERA in 22 innings pitched this season. Arnold also leads the team with a .143 opponent batting average against and has racked up 21 strikeouts en route to a 4-0 record to begin the season.
Gregg on Pace for Career Year
Junior shortstop Meghan Gregg has been almost impossible to retire so far this season. The Preseason All-SEC selection ranks 10th in the country and leads the SEC with a .607 batting average. She also is tied for third in the nation with 18 RBIs this season and ranks 11th nationally with a .676 on-base percentage.
UT went 27-9 in non-conference games last season and is off to a 10-0 start this year. The Vols outscored opponents 275-86 and posted a team ERA of 1.92 against non-conference foes in 2016. The Orange and White are 164-36 (.820) against non-conference opponents over the past six seasons.
No. 4/5 Oklahoma Sooners (6-2)
Oklahoma swept the Houston Classic last week, going 4-0, after a 2-2 showing at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge on opening week. The defending national champion Sooners were picked to win the Big 12 for the fifth straight year and return six of their seven all-conference selections from last season. Nicole Pendley leads team with a .433 batting average, nine runs, 13 hits, three HRs, 10 RBIs and a .733 slugging percentage, while 2016 NFCA All-American and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Paige Parker leads staff with two wins and 22 strikeouts.
UT's All-Time Record vs. Oklahoma: 4-5
The Vols have dropped the past two meetings with the Sooners, including a 9-0 defeat last season in Knoxville. Tennessee's last win in the series came in the second game of the 2014 NCAA Super Regional, as the Vols evened the series with a 4-0 victory in Norman. The Big Orange are 2-2 against OU in games played at neutral sites.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-5)
UC Santa Barbara has won two straight games after starting the season 1-5. The Gauchos were picked to finish sixth in the Big West Preseason Poll and return six starters and 13 letterwinners from last year. Senior outfielder Kristen Clark leads team with .519 batting average, 14 hits and two doubles so far this season.
UT's All-Time Record vs. UCSB: 3-0
The Vols have never lost to the Gauchos, winning all three prior meetings by a combined score of 14-0. The last contest between the two teams was at the Mary Nutter Classic in 2013, with UT coming away with a 5-0 victory. All three games in the series have been played at neutral sites.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-8)
Nebraska is off to a rough start after a tough slate of games to open the season. The Cornhuskers are 0-8 but seven of their eight losses have come against ranked teams. Nebraska has struggled to produce on offense, scoring only 11 runs so far this season. Haley Donaldson leads the team with a .357 batting average. The Cornhuskers' pitchers haven't fared much better as the group has a collective ERA of 7.10 with opposing hitters batting .379 against them.
UT's All-Time Record vs. Nebraska: 4-1
Tennessee is 4-1 all-time against Nebraska but did lose the last meeting in the series, falling 5-2 at the Mary Nutter Classic in 2015. The Vols are 3-1 all-time against the Cornhuskers at neutral sites, including a 1-1 record at the Mary Nutter.
No. 17/17 Utah Utes (8-0)
Utah enters the tournament with an 8-0 record with five run-rule wins. The Utes high-powered offense features seven batters hitting .333 or better and the team is hitting .389 as a whole. Senior shortstop Anissa Urtez leads the team with a .542 batting average and 13 hits while junior third baseman Heather Bowen ranks first on the squad with 14 RBIs and a pair of home runs. In the circle the Utes are led by junior right-hander Katie Donovan, who is 5-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
UT's All-Time Record vs. Utah: 3-2
UT has won the past two meetings against Utah with both of those victories coming in the 2015 NCAA Knoxville Regional. The Vols are only 1-2 against the Utes in games played at neutral sites, however.
RV/RV Texas Longhorns (7-3)
Texas has won six of its past seven games after starting the year 1-2. Two of the Longhorns' three losses were to No. 16 Minnesota while the other was to South Carolina. Mickenzi Krpec is batting .444 to lead the team while Devon Tunning has provided the power with two home runs and nine RBIs. The Longhorns feature a deep pitching staff as five players have all seen over 10 innings of work already this season. Erica Wright leads the staff with a 1.79 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched.
UT's All-Time Record vs. Texas: 2-2
The Vols and Longhorns have alternated wins and losses as the all-time series is tied at 2-2. Tennessee came away victorious in the last meeting between the two programs with a 2-1 win in the 2013 Women's College World Series.
Tennessee returns home from its long road trip to host the Tennessee Invitational from March 2 through March 5. The Vols' home opener against Southeastern Louisiana on March 2 is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.