OXFORD, Miss. - Seth Smith was a one-man wrecking crew as he scored twice while going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI as the No. 7 Ole Miss Rebels rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers, 7-4, to sweep the three-game series at Swayze field.
Tennessee dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 29-9 and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play, while Ole Miss won its fifth straight to improve to 31-6 and 11-4 in league play.
Tennessee grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first as it loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batsman before Josh Alley scored on an error by second baseman Cooper Osteen, who fielded what would have been a routine double play cleanly, but dropped the ball, pulling it from his glove. Following a strikeout for the second out, Nick Crowe laid down a perfect bunt hit down the first base line plating Kyle Norrid.
Ole Miss got a run back in the second as Chris Coghlan scored on Seth Smith's single up the middle and tied it in the fourth. Smith drew a one out walk and scored the tying run when Alex Presley, who hit a slow roller up the first base line, knocked catcher Nick Crowe's throw away from Chris Kemp at the bag. As the ball rolled into right Smith's aggressive base running led him to score easily.
Smith's two-run double to left center in the sixth put the Rebels up 4-2. Coghlan drew a walk to lead off the inning and took third on Charlie Babineaux's before Smith drove in his second and third runs of the day. He would score his second run of the day two batters later on Barry Gunther's hit to give Ole Miss a 5-2 lead.
The Vols pulled to within 5-3 in the top of seventh as Alley doubled to center scoring Chase Headley who snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a single to left. The Rebels responded with a two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame as Coghlan scored his third run of the game on a double by Babineaux, who would later score on a single by Alex Presley.
Tennessee put two runners aboard in the eighth with one out, but could only push one run across as Headley singled home Kemp to cut the lead to 7-4.
Ben Riley (3-2) took the loss as he walked six in 5 1/3 innings. After sending the Rebels down 1-2-3 in the first, he would be touched for five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out three.
Brae Wright (6-1), who retired seven straight at one point, picked up the win while scattering eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Tennessee concludes its four-game road trip with a single game at Tennessee Tech, Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.