KNOXVILLE (UT Sports) - Tennessee took a 3-1 lead into
the ninth against No. 17 Ole Miss but the Rebels rallied for three runs
to hand the Volunteers a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon at
Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Everything looked to be going Tennessee's way as a blast by Christin Stewart off the scoreboard in the eighth gave the Vols an insurance run as senior ace Zack Godley
headed out to the mound looking for his second win over a ranked team
in as many weeks. A key throwing error on a sac bunt attempt after the
first two batters reached proved costly however, as a run scored on that
play and an RBI groundout followed to tie the game.
The Rebels then grabbed the lead on a single to right by Will
Allen and Brett Huber was able to retire UT in order in the bottom of
the ninth to record his 10th save of the year - second in two days - and
finish off the come-from-behind win for Ole Miss.
Godley (3-5) did finish with his third complete game of the
season but suffered the loss after allowing four runs - just one earned -
on six hits while striking out seven and walking two in nine innings of
work. Tanner Bailey (3-1) picked up the win out of the Ole Miss
Stewart and Taylor Smart each had two-hit games for the Big Orange with Stewart driving in a pair of runs and hitting his second career home run. Ethan Bennett added a pinch-hit RBI double and threw a runner out trying to steal second from behind the plate.
Tennessee will return to the diamond on Tuesday when it travels to Murfreesboro to take on MTSU at 7 p.m. ET.