Gainesville, FL. (WATE) – It took nearly four hours and a career-high in pitches, but Caylan Arnold never left the circle for Tennessee, and her complete game has the Lady Vols positioned to play for their eighth trip to the Women’s College World Series on Sunday.
The former Maryville Lady Rebel tossed 177 pitches, striking out seven while going the distance in the extra innings 3-2 win to even the Super Regional series with Florida.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Haley Bearden drew a bases loaded walk to win the game for Tennessee. The Lady Vols hadn’t won on a walkoff since Bearden hit a 2-run home run, then the first of her college career, on April 14th, 2018 against LSU.
Arnold matched Florida star pitcher Kelly Barnhill the whole way. After being blanked by the former National Player of the Year on Friday in game one, the Lady Vols got to her early on Saturday. Chelsea Seggern drove home Aubrey Leach in the 1st inning to give Tennessee their first lead.
The Gators would tie it at 1, and again at 2 in the 5th, before the two teams went scoreless over the next three innings.
Barnhill threw 158 pitches for Florida, and combined with her Friday night complete game shutout, has now thrown 280 pitches over the last two games for the Gators.
Arnold, who eclipsed 100 pitches only once this year, struck out seven and allowed seven hits in the 9 inning gem.
The decisive Game 3 is set for 2:00 PM on Sunday.