KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --Behind some timely hitting and clutch pitching from Caylan Arnold, No. 19 Tennessee defeated Ole Miss, 4-1, to complete the series sweep at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Megan Geer's three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game-winning hit as the Vols held on for a 4-1 victory after giving up a run in the top of the seventh. It was the third homer of the year for Geer and her second game-winning jack in SEC play.
Entering the bottom of the third inning, both teams were held scoreless and had only combined for three hits. That changed when Meghan Gregg scorched a double off the top of the right-field wall. One batter later, Brooke Vines singled up the middle to score Gregg and give the Vols a 1-0 lead.
Tennessee (26-5, 6-3 SEC) struck again for three runs in the sixth inning to provide some breathing room. After back-to-back walks to Gregg and Vines, Geer blasted a three-run shot over the center-field wall to put the Vols up 4-0. The Orange and White were able to stave off the Rebels' comeback attempt in the seventh to hold on for the win.
After a couple walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch, Ole Miss (22-9, 0-6 SEC) threatened to take the lead in the fifth, but with the bases loaded and two outs, Arnold struck out pinch hitter Alyssa Gonzalez on four pitches to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Matty Moss got the start in the circle for Tennessee and threw 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits. Despite giving up two hits and one earned run in the seventh, Arnold closed the game for the Vols, tossing 4.1 innings and striking out two to improve to 12-4 on the year.
The Rebels outhit the Vols, 5-3, but the Big Orange came up with the timely knocks and also drew five walks in the game. Elantra Cox drove in the only run for Ole Miss with a double in the seventh, but was thrown out at third on the play. Kaitlin Lee was the losing pitcher for the Rebels despite giving up just two runs on two hits in six innings of work.
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE: Tennessee held Ole Miss to a mere two runs in this week's three-game series. Coming into the weekend, the Rebels ranked third in the SEC in total runs scored with 207.
HOW SWEEP IT IS: With the completion of the sweep, Tennessee improved to 47-8 all-time versus the Rebels, including an dominant 24-1 record at home. This was the first series sweep for UT this season and second SEC series win.
BIG WEEK FOR VINES: Sophomore Brooke Vines was on fire this weekend, leading the Vols with six hits, five runs, a home run and six RBIs while batting .750. The California native has recorded at least one RBI in five straight games.
THE BIG HIT: Megan Geer came up with another clutch hit on Sunday with a three-run bomb in the sixth inning that turned out to be the game-winning hit. Geer has now hit two game-winning three-run homers in SEC play this season.
UP NEXT: The Vols are back in action at home on Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader against Liberty starting at 4 p.m. Listen live on Sports Radio WNML and UTSports.com.