KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second straight night No. 19 Tennessee used a big fifth inning to put away No. 23 Ole Miss, earning a 6-1 victory on Saturday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The Big Orange (25-5, 5-3 SEC) blew the game open with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, striking for four runs in the frame. Jenna Holcomb got the rally started with a walk and Meghan Gregg drove her in with a double to left center one batter later. Following a Megan Geer walk, Brooke Vines put an exclamation mark on the inning with a three-run shot over the right-field wall for her first home run of the season to make it 6-1.
The Volunteers (25-5, 5-3 SEC) got great pitching performances from Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss who held the Rebels to just two hits and one unearned run while combining for 11 strikeouts. Arnold got the start for UT and threw 5.0 innings, recording eight strikeouts and surrendering only one run on two hits. With the win she improved to 11-4 on the season. Moss pitched 2.0 innings in relief without allowing a hit and striking out three batters.
Gregg got Tennessee on the board early with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. It was the Georgia native's team-leading eighth homer of the season.
The Rebels (22-8, 0-5) tied the game at one in the top of the third when an error allowed Elantra Cox to score from third after she led off the inning with a walk.
Following a big performance in last night's series opener, Taylor Rowland came through with another clutch hit to put the Vols back on top in the fourth inning. The redshirt freshman doubled down the right-field line to score Vines from second and give UT a 2-1 lead before the big fifth inning put the game away.
Ole Miss' Morgan Bruce tossed 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and gave up two home runs while Miranda Strother and Paige McKinney had the only two hits for the Rebels. Despite being one of the top scoring teams in the nation entering this weekend, Ole Miss has been held in check by the Tennessee pitching staff through two games, recording just two hits apiece in each contest.
POWER PITCHING: The duo of Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss had a dominant performance on Saturday night, combining for 11 strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run. Arnold got the start and went five strong innings with eight strikeouts to improve to 11-4 this season. Moss entered in the sixth inning and shut the game down by striking out # in two perfect innings of relief.
Entering the series Ole Miss ranked fifth in batting and fourth in the county in scoring. Tennessee's pitchers has held the Rebels' to one unearned run and only four combined hits in the first two games of the series.
VINES ON A ROLL: Brooke Vines tied her career high in RBIs for the third time in the last four games by driving in three runs on Saturday night. The sophomore went 3-for-3 with her first home run of the season and increased her RBI total to 27 for the year, second most on the team.
GREGG BACK IN A GROOVE: After ending a five-game hitless streak with a single on Friday night, Gregg hit a solo home run in the first inning to put the Vols up early. She added an RBI double later in the game.
UP NEXT: Tennessee goes for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Fans can watch the live stream on SEC Network +/WatchESPN and also listen to Brian Rice call the action on Sports Radio WNML (AM 990) and UTSports.com.