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Tennessee tops Ole Miss baseball in Game 1 in Knoxville

Ole Miss falls to 32-22 on the year, and 49-39 all-time against Tennessee.

Posted: May 16, 2019 10:56 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers scored first in Thursday night's series opener and didn't look back, defeating No. 15 Ole Miss Baseball by a score of 7-0 to set the visiting team back to start the final SEC series of the year.

A four-run fifth inning sparked the Volunteers, as the home team piled up the runs on the Rebel starter Will Ethridge. Ethridge, for the most part, turned in a quality outing save for the offensive barrage of a fifth inning, tying his second-longest start of the year with 7.0 innings pitched. He did, however, give up ten hits on the night, setting a new career high in hits allowed.

At the plate, the Rebels tallied four hits, two of them coming from the bat of Cole Zabowski, against Tennessee starter Garrett Stallings. The opposing arm was tremendous for the Volunteers, turning in a complete game with seven strikeouts and no walks.

At the onset of the game, Tennessee struck first with a manufactured run in the bottom of the first. Justin Ammons, the Tennessee leadoff hitter, doubled on a slow-roller right over first base and made it to third on a sacrifice bunt. He was sent to the plate by an RBI single, but the runner on first was quickly erased with a 6-4-3 double play a pitch later. Even though Ethridge gave up two hits and a run, it took him just five pitches to make it through the first.

Both starting pitchers were dueling through the game's first five frames, and the two teams were even able to reach the game's midway point in under an hour. It took Ethridge just 33 pitches to throw four complete innings, but he would find his solid outing tarnished by a four-run fifth inning.

After cruising through the first hour, Ethridge ran into some trouble when the Tennessee bats lit up in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Volunteers led it off with three straight hits, three singles and a double, before capping it off with a two-out RBI single. Before it was all said and done, Tennessee had plated four runs, three of them earned, on five hits, to take a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.

Ethridge managed to bounce back with a pair of scoreless innings after the fifth, but a solo home run off the bat of Andre Lipcius in the bottom of the eighth forced Mike Bianco to relieve his starter for the right arm of Taylor Broadway.

Tennessee scored one more run in the bottom of the eighth against the new pitcher in Broadway, but it mattered little as the Rebels were unable to put anything together in the final inning.

The Rebels will look to bounce back on Friday with freshman Doug Nikhazy on the mound and a first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. CT.

Quick Hits
- Ole Miss falls to 32-22 on the year, and 49-39 all-time against Tennessee.
- At just two hours and twelve minutes, Thursday night's game was the shortest of the Rebels' season.
- The Rebels were shut out for just the second time all season.
- Cole Zabowski had a pair of hits to move him into second place on the team with 19 multi-hit games this season.
- Even though he gave up six runs, Will Ethridge still tied his second-longest outing with 7.0 IP out of the Rebel starter.

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