OXFORD, Miss. -- The Tennessee Volunteers claimed their first series win of the season in SEC play, battling to take a 4-2 victory in the series finale against Ole Miss on Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium.
Tennessee improves to 14-14 with the win and is now 4-8 in SEC competition this year, as Ole Miss (16-16) moves to 5-7 in conference play.
Lefthander Drake Owenby (2-3) dealt 8.0 strong innings in his Sunday start for the Volunteers, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out six batters to earn the win.
For the third game in a row, junior Christin Stewart put the Volunteers on the boards with an RBI-single to right field. Second baseman Nick Senzel, who drew a leadoff walk to begin the Sunday contest, scored from second on the base hit to make it a 1-0 Tennessee lead.
The Vols came back and plated two more runs in the second, when Senzel roped a two-RBI single to left field and scored third baseman Jared Pruett (2-for-4, RBI) and designated hitter Nathaniel Maggio (1-for-3).
Ole Miss pushed one run across in the third to make it a 3-1 ballgame. The Vols battled back again in the sixth, as Stewart reached first via leadoff walk and moved to third on a base hit by Maggio. With two outs, Pruett then ripped an RBI-single into right-center field to score Stewart to give Tennessee a 4-1 advantage.
The Rebels threatened again in the seventh, loading the bases and scoring one run to narrow Tennessee's lead to 4-2. But Owenby kept dealing to record back-to-back strikeouts with runners in scoring position to get out of the inning.
In the ninth, closer Andrew Lee retired his three batters faced to preserve the lead and give UT the win, striking out two of his three batters faced.