March 23, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Down by a run to Missouri going into the bottom of the ninth, Tennessee used a safety squeeze by Parker Wormsley to tie the contest before Pierce Bily gave the Vols a 7-6 win with a walk-off single in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Junior Scott Price finished 4-for-5 at the plate and scored the game's winning run. Freshman Vincent Jackson also had four hits in the victory, including the first home run of his young career, a monster two-run blast off the top of the scoreboard in the fourth inning.
Freshman Drake Owenby improved to 2-0 on the season after pitching the top of the ninth for Tennessee. Fellow classmate Aaron Quillen also pitched well, firing three innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out a pair.
Although Missouri raced out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, the Vols got back into the game with one swing of the bat with Jackson's blast in the fourth. The Tigers pushed their lead back to two runs with a tally in the top of the sixth but the Big Orange responded by taking its first lead of the game in the home half of the frame.
As has been their M.O. all season, it was a two-out rally that gave the Vols the lead as Jackson got things started with a single before scoring just two pitches later on a double high off the wall in right-center by David Houser. Taylor Smart then brought Houser in with a single up the middle and Will Maddox put UT in front with a triple to right.
The Tigers weren't going to go away that easily though and retook the lead with single runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, setting up Tennessee's dramatic finish.
Jeff Moberg got the ninth-inning rally started with a leadoff single to left. A balk and a single by Price quickly put him on third base with nobody out, setting up a perfectly-executed safety squeeze by Wormsley to tie the game. With Price at second, Bily ripped a 1-2 pitch to the gap in left-center to give the Orange and White its first walk-off win of the 2013 campaign and clinch the team's first SEC series win since it swept Alabama last season.
Tennessee will go for the series sweep in the second game of the doubleheader which is set to being at 4:30 p.m. Freshman Trevor Bettencourt (2-1, 1.65) will take the mound for the Big Orange.