March 25, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Luke Hochevar lasted eight innings on the mound and Chase Headley led the Vols' offensive attack with three hits and two RBIs as the Tennessee baseball team toppled No. 7-ranked Ole Miss 5-3 Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Vols sophomore Sean Watson picked up his first career save after tossing a perfect final inning, and the Vols improved to 18-5 (3-1 SEC) on the year. Ole Miss dropped to 17-5 (2-2 SEC) with the loss.
Tennessee got its bats working early and often, as the Vols scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning. Four consecutive RBI basehits by J.P. Arencibia, Headley, Kelly Edmundson and Rob Fitzgerald gave UT the early advantage, which proved to be all Vols would need.
Ole Miss mounted a scoring threat in the top of the third, but junior right fielder Eli Iorg threw Rebels designated hitter Jon-Jon Hancock out at the plate as Hancock attempted to score all the way from second on a single to right field.
Reigning SEC Player of the Week Brian Pettway put the Rebels on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when he sent a solo home run over the wall in left-center to make the score 4-1 Tennessee.
An RBI groundout by Ole Miss shortstop Zack Cozart plated Pettway in the sixth inning and cut Tennessee's lead to two runs.
Headley later restored the Vols' three-run cushion, however, when he belted a solo home run down the left-field line. The homer was Headley's sixth of the season and the eighth of his career.
Hochevar (6-1) was solid through eight innings on the hill, giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The preseason All-America selection has led Tennessee to victories in each of his last six outings.
Rebels starting pitcher Mark Holliman (3-1) lasted 5 1/3 innings and took the loss after being touched for four runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Junior left-hander Tommy Baumgardner gave up one run on one hit while pitching 2 2/3 innings.
The series resumes Saturday at 7 p.m. Tennessee's scheduled starter is sophomore right-hander Craig Cobb (2-0, 2.89 ERA), while Ole Miss will counter with junior left-hander Stephen Head (4-0, 2.70 ERA). The game will be televised on CSS.