KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 19 Tennessee used a seven-run fifth inning to take Game 1 over Ole Miss in a 8-0 run-rule win at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Friday night.
The Volunteers (24-5, 4-3 SEC) scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth the blow open the game and propel them to their 45th win all-time against the Rebels. UT got things going in the inning with an Aubrey Leach triple to center, followed by a Jenna Holcomb single to the shortstop.
After Meghan Gregg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Megan Geer reached on a fielder's choice and Leach scored on an error by the catcher. A few batters later, Brooke Vines singled up the middle to bring in two more runs to make it 4-0. Taylor Rowland did most of the damage with a three-run blast over the center-field wall to give the Vols a seven-run lead.
The inning continued with Abby Lockman drawing a four-pitch walk and CJ McClain singling up the middle. Tianna Batts entered to run for Lockman and scored the game-ending run on Holcomb's second hit of the inning.
Tennessee struck first in the bottom half of the second when Rowland hit a double to the warning track that scored Vines from second. Rowland finished the night with four RBIs to tie a career high and increase her season total to 19.
While the offense stole the show, Matty Moss was dominate in the circle as well, holding Ole Miss to just two hits while striking out five. The South Carolina native tossed a complete-game shutout to improve to 13-1 on the year.
The Rebels (22-7, 0-4 SEC) threatened in the first inning with a single and a pair of walks to load the bases, but Moss was able to get out of the jam with two strikeouts and a pop out to third.
Miranda Strother and Alyssa Gonzalez had the only two hits for Ole Miss while Kaitlin Lee had a tough night in the circle, surrendering six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
MOSS DOMINATE IN THE CIRCLE: Matty Moss was at her best in the circle Friday night, striking out five batters. It is the 12th time this season she has struck out five or more batters. Moss also held the Rebels to just two hits and earned her 13th win of the year, sixth complete game and third shutout.
ROWLAND'S BIG NIGHT: Taylor Rowland tied her career high in RBIs with four and went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The California native drove in UT's first run with a double in the second and then blew the game open with a three-run home run in the fifth.
UP NEXT: The Vols continue their series with Ole Miss tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Game 2 of a three-game set. Game 2 will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Fans can also listen live as Brian Rice calls the action on Sports Radio WNML (99.1 FM | 990 AM) and UTSports.com.