April 5, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Brian Pettway went 4-for-4 with two doubles and home run, while Stephen Head added a home run with three RBI as the Ole Miss Rebels posted a 6-3 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers to even the series at a game apiece. The rubber game is Sunday at 2 p.m.
Ole Miss (19-11, 6-5 SEC) took a 3-0 lead after three innings before Head's two-run home run over the right field fence extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Pettway added his fourth home run of the season in the seventh to make it 6-2.
The Rebels struck for a run in the first on a double off the left field fence by Pettway that scored Seth Smith who reached on a two-out single to right. They added one more in the second on a Vol error, and took a 3-0 lead on Head's RBI single in the third.
The Vols (18-12, 5-6 SEC) were able to pick up a couple of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth as a dropped foul ball by Head at first base opened the door for Jordan Czarniecki's RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Another sac fly in the eighth plated another unearned run as Tennessee cut the lead to 6-3. They also left the bases loaded in the inning, ending any chance of a rally.
T.J. Beam (4-1) earned the win in six innings of work as three Rebel pitchers combined to walk nine batters for the second straight game. Beam was touched for two unearned runs on three hits. Jeremy Zick worked 1 1/3 innings of relief before giving way to Head in the eighth who earned his sixth save.
Josh Alley led the Vols with two hits as they were held to five in the game.