March 27, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team had no answer for the offensive onslaught of No. 7-ranked Ole Miss Sunday. The Rebels' 13-5 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium gave them a 2-1 edge in the weekend series. Tennessee's record now stands at 18-7 (3-3 SEC) this season.
Ole Miss (19-6, 4-2 SEC) drew two consecutive walks to open the first inning, and leadoff man Cooper Osteen later scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Rebels left fielder Mark Wright.
Wright later scored the first of three Rebels runs in the fourth inning, crossing home plate as Zack Cozart reached on a fielder's choice. Ole Miss then built its lead to 4-0 courtesy of a two-RBI double by Osteen.
Kelly Edmundson gave Tennessee its first run of the day when he singled to right-center, driving in Headley. The RBI was Edmundson's ninth in UT's last four games.
Cozart and Osteen both knocked in runs for Ole Miss in the sixth inning, and the Rebels stretched their lead to 9-1 with a pair of seventh-inning homers by junior All-America Stephen Head (solo) and Wright (two-run). In total, the Rebels posted seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a daunting 13-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Josh Alley gave UT its second run of the day with a solo home run over the scoreboard in right field. The homer was Alley's third of the season and the ninth of his career.
The Vols fought hard until the very end, plating three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Suarez drove in freshman outfielder Daniel Beasley, who had previously reached on a double -- his first career hit. A long, two-RBI single by Headley later allowed Suarez and Alley to cross home plate and end the day's scoring.
Vols starter Craig Cobb (2-1) worked six innings and took the loss for UT. The Knoxville native allowed six runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Chase Hardin then came in and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits in 1/3 inning.
Senior reliever Chris Howell was UT's third pitcher on the day and gave up three runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Left-handed junior Trey Bridges pitched the final inning for the Vols and struck out two batters while allowing one hit.
Rebels right-hander Anthony Cupps (5-1) threw the first eight innings and got the win after allowing two runs on nine hits. Pettway moved from the outfield to the pitcher's mound to throw the ninth inning. He gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Tennessee resumes its current eight-game home stand with a game against UNC Asheville (7-16, 1-5 BSC) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.