After the game, sophomore Rainey Gaffin could not keep a smile off of her face.
Gaffin, who was converted to a pitcher this offseason, became the first Tennessee pitcher since Monica Abbott in 2004 to throw a no-hitter in her first career start.
"I tried not to think about it until later in the game," Gafffin said. "It was my first college no-hitter. I'm trying not to smile too hard."
The game was a second of a doubleheader of the Lady Vols' softball home opener at Lee Stadium.
No. 2 Tennessee (17-1) defeated the Raiders 9-0 in front of a crowd of 1,312 in the first game of the doubleheader, followed by an 8-0 win on Wednesday to mark UT's third victory over Wright State this season.
"There is so much support behind everybody," Gaffin said. "I will never ever forget just looking up in the stands and seeing it packed with people that, on a Wednesday night, are out here to support us.
"Pitching in front of them, playing it front of them, it leaves you speechless."
In the first game, senior All-American pitcher Ellen Renfroe also shined with nine strikeouts, allowing only four hits and no runs in a six inning complete game, moving her record to 10-0 on the season.
Sophomore Montana Wear had a night to forget in the circle for Wright State (1-10), as Tennessee sophomore Hannah Akamine hit her second and third home runs of the season off Wear.
"There is a statistic saying your next hit is going to be your big hit," Akamine said. "I've been kind of in a slump right now, so I figured it was coming soon. So it was nice coming up to bat and just relaxing.
"I was confident that it was going to come soon."
The Lady Vols wasted no time to assert their dominance. Senior Melissa Davin opened the score in the first inning with an RBI double to allow freshman Annie Aldrete to score from third.
Tennessee widened the gap in the third inning with runs from Davin, senior Madison Shipman and Gaffin – who started in center field in the first game of the doubleheader.
Akamine blasted a solo home run off the scoreboard in left field in the fourth inning to increase their advantage to five runs.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Lady Vols went for the kill in the sixth.
Tennessee freshmen Hannah McDonald made her debut as a pinch runner to score off of Akamine's second long ball of the night, making the score 7-0.
After a walk from sophomore Haley Tobler, star freshman Megan Geer hit a two run shot to end the game on the run rule.
"I think (Geer) is one of the very best freshmen we've ever had here, and that says a lot," co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "... It shows game after game. She led our team in home runs in the fall, so she's a very good player."
After a 30 minute lay off between games and the cold weather setting in, Wright State senior pitcher Krystian DeWitt held the Lady Vols for three innings until the floodgates were opened in the fourth.
Following RBIs from Akamine and junior Cheyanne Tarango, freshman Taylor Koenig slammed a three-run homer into the right field parking lot to make it 5-0.
But Tennessee wasn't done there.
Geer hit an RBI single up the middle to give the Lady Vols a 6-0 lead, and Tennessee closed out the game again in the sixth with runs from Geer and senior Madison Shipman to end the game 8-0 on the run rule.
In the circle, Gaffin had six strikeouts in six innings and was one walk away from a perfect game.
Although Gaffin was not initially expected to be a contender for the second spot in the rotation behind Renfroe, she admitted she hopes this performance puts her in contention to get some starts.
"I don't want to say anything because we have an awesome pitching staff," Gaffin said. "If I do (get more starts), awesome. If I don't, I'll be a relief pitcher all day."
The Lady Vols will play take the field next on Friday in a doubleheader against Holy Cross and Campbell to open the Tennessee Tournament. First pitch in those contests is set for 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.