April 30, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Tennessee baseball team stranded a season-high 14 runners on base Sunday as 22nd-ranked Ole Miss posted a 5-3 win to complete a three-game sweep of the Volunteers at Swayze Field. UT's record dropped to 25-19 (7-13 SEC) with the loss, and the Vols now occupy fifth place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division standings with three weekends of league play left on the schedule.
Ole Miss (30-15, 13-8 SEC) has won its last 10 games and has also triumphed in its last seven home games against the Vols. The Rebels collected 14 doubles in the series.
Freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom started and pitched well for the Vols, but he took the loss to drop to 4-5 on the season. The West Lafayette, Ind., native allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks through seven innings. Closer Sean Watson worked the eighth for UT, giving up one hit and striking out a pair.
Vols centerfielder Julio Borbon led off the game by reaching on an infield error, and he then swiped second base with his 15th steal of the season. Following two strikeouts and an intentional walk of UT catcher J.P. Arencibia, right fielder Ryan Jones plated Borbon with an RBI bloop single to shallow left-centerfield.
A pair of Tennessee miscues in the bottom of the first enabled Ole Miss to tie the game at 1-1. A UT throwing error put Rebels first baseman C.J. Ketchum on second base, and he advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on an RBI groundout by Chris Coghlan.
Both clubs went scoreless in the second before another Ole Miss infield error allowed Tennessee to take a 2-0 lead. Arencibia scored from second base when a grounder by UT second baseman Michael Rivera slipped under the outstretched glove of Rebels second baseman Evan Button.
Ole Miss did not record its first hit until catcher Justin Brashear sent a game-tying solo homer over the right-field wall in the bottom of the third. UM centerfielder Alex Presley homered to left field with one man on base in the fourth to put the Rebels up by a pair.
After issuing his fifth walk of the afternoon and giving the Vols a pair of no-out baserunners in the top of the fifth, Ole Miss starting pitcher Lance Lynn gave way to right-handed reliever Will Kline. Kline retired the next three Tennessee batters, giving UT a total of 11 stranded baserunners through five frames as opposed to just two for Ole Miss. The Rebels finished the day with four men left on base.
Rivera reduced the Ole Miss lead to one run with a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning. It was his fourth homer of the season and the ninth of his career.
Lindblom left the game with a runner on third and no outs in the bottom of the eighth. Ketchum then sent the first pitch from Watson through the right side of the infield, driving in UM's fifth run of the game and restoring the Rebels two-run advantage.
Kline logged the relief win for Ole Miss, improving to 2-2 on the year.
Tennessee now trails the all-time series with Ole Miss 29-33-1, dating to 1907.
The Vols have four days off for final exams before hosting a three-game series with SEC Eastern Division rival Vanderbilt this weekend in Knoxville.