March 26, 2005
KNOXVILLE - Ole Miss All-America Stephen Head drove in three runs, including the game-winner, as the No. 7-ranked Rebels came from behind to defeat the Tennessee baseball team 6-5 Saturday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers turned a season-high four double plays, but three errors proved costly.
Tennessee (18-6, 3-2 SEC) was solid defensively early on. The Vols turned double plays in each of the first two innings -- both keyed by impressive fielding efforts from senior shortstop Eric King.
The Vols dealt the first blow offensively, putting up a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Chase Headley scored on an RBI single by fellow junior Michael Rivera. Rivera later crossed home plate when Josh Alley reached on catcher's interference.
Tennessee used two RBI basehits and a sacrifice fly to put up three more runs in the third inning and take a 5-0 lead. Junior co-captain Eli Iorg was driven in on an RBI double by Headley, who later came home on a single by senior Alex Suarez. Freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia scored on junior Kelly Edmundson's third sacrifice fly of the year.
Rebels third baseman Chris Coghlan scored to put Ole Miss on the board in the top of the fourth. Coghlan crossed home when Mark Wright ground into a double play.
Ole Miss (18-5, 3-2 SEC) chiseled into UT's lead with a three-run fifth inning. Two Rebels scored on a fielding error, and Head drove in Cooper Osteen with an RBI groundout.
Head later gave Ole Miss the lead for good when he hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning. The blast was Head's eighth of the season.
Tennessee's usual Sunday starter, freshman James Adkins, made his first career Saturday start and lasted five innings. The left-hander was touched for four runs (two earned) on two hits with seven walks and one strikeout. Senior reliever Joey Andrews (1-1) entered the game in the top of the sixth and took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Vols sophomore Sean Watson pitched the final two innings and tallied two strikeouts and two walks.
Head pulled double duty by pitching the first six innings for the Rebels. The junior got the win and improved to 5-0 after allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Matt Maloney threw innings and got his third save of the year.
The series finale begins Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The projected starters are sophomore right-hander Craig Cobb (2-0, 2.89 ERA) for Tennessee and junior right-hander Anthony Cupps (4-1, 3.90 ERA) for Ole Miss.