April 17, 2004
Oxford, Miss. - Alex Presley victimized Tennessee for the second straight day as he slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to lift the No. 7 Ole Miss Rebels to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the No. 6 Volunteers before the largest crowd in Swayze Field history at 9,260. Tennessee looks to salvage a game in the series Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Tennessee, which has lost three straight, (29-8, 9-5 SEC) had just taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning when Alex Suarez scored a go ahead run on Brian Cleveland's sacrifice fly. Seth Smith started the Rebel (30-6, 10-4 SEC) rally with a single through the right side before the left-handed Presley hit an opposite field shot that just cleared the left field fence at the base of the scoreboard. Presley hit the walk-off two-run home run in the 11th of Friday's 4-2 Ole Miss win.
Eric King led the Vols with three hits including a double, while Cleveland went 1-for-2 with his team-tying fifth home run in the fourth that gave the Volunteers a 2-1 lead.
The teams traded single runs in the second as Michael Rivera drove home Nick Crowe who doubled to lead off the inning, while the Rebels struck in the bottom of the frame as Smith singled home Chris Coghlan who also doubled.
Luke Hochevar (1-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season as he came on in relief of starter Sean Watson in the sixth. Watson threw 95 pitches in five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
The Rebels pulled even once again in the fifth as Brian Pettway drew a two out walk, advanced to second on a balk and raced around to score on Coghlan's single to right.
Jeremy Zick (4-1) pitched the eighth for the win, while Stephen Head worked the ninth for his third save. Starter Eric Fowler worked seven solid innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks.