The University of Mississippi salvaged the final game of its weekend series with the Lady Vol softball team on Sunday afternoon, as freshman Jennifer Poore smacked a two-out grand slam off UT junior Nicole Borg in the 10th frame to lift the hosts to a 4-0 shutout. The loss halted Tennessee's four-game winning streak and prevented Jim Beitia's squad (12-14, 2-1 SEC) from reaching .500 for the first time all season. Poore's homer was the first of her career and moved the Lady Rebels to 11-11 overall and 1-2 in league action.
With the international tie-breaker in effect, UM's Amber Slaton was placed on second base to start the 10th. However, the Lady Vols foiled a sacrifice attempt and Slaton was erased at third on Phyllis Manley's fielder's choice. Jamie Cummings followed with a single into left to push pinch runner Jenny Cox over to second base with one down and then Kristi DiMarco drew a walk to load the bases.
Borg managed to have Amanda Lehotak ground to senior shortstop Annie Fletcher, who fired a perfect strike to catcher Maura Mollet to force Cox at home for the second out. This play set the stage for Poore. The rookie from San Diego, Calif., stepped to the dish and rocked a 1-1 offering from Borg over the left field fence to send the Lady Rebels jumping around in a wild celebration.
Tennessee's best chance to break the scoreless tie was in the fourth, as senior Janette Koshell stood on third and classmate Melissa Radley was on second with one out. Junior Hannah Low popped out to Lady Rebel right fielder Jessica Hamilton, who then gunned down Koshell at the plate during a tag-up attempt. The Lady Vol center fielder slammed into UM catcher Manley in an effort to dislodge the ball but backstop held her ground for the final out.