HOOVER, Ala. - The Rebel bats were popping early on Thursday as No. 19 Ole Miss (37-21) batted around in the first inning on the way to a 6-3 win over Tennessee (34-24) in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
With the win, the Rebels advance to the semifinal round for the third straight year and have Friday off as Tennessee and Vanderbilt will face each other for the right to play Ole Miss Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
Lance Lynn (7-4) picked up the win as he worked 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts. The 10 strikeouts moved Lynn to 130 on the season and into first on the single-season strikeout list. Cody Satterwhite picked up his fourth save of the year as he closed out the final 2.0 innings to preserve the three run win.
Craig Cobb (8-6) suffered the loss for the Diamond Vols as he gave up five runs, three earned, on four hits with no walks or strikeouts as he turned in only 0.1 inning of work. Lance McClain worked the final 7.2 innings in relief as he gave up one run on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Ole Miss got things started in the first as the Rebels plated five runs on four hits and forced a pitching change from the Volunteers. Jordan Henry got things started, reaching on a fielding error before moving to second on a bunt from Cozart and then scoring on a single through the left side from brother, Justin. Ole Miss went on to use three more hits and a suicide squeeze bunt from Smith to take a 5-0 lead after the first inning.
The Rebels added a sixth run to the board in the fourth inning when Miller came up with a bases loaded sac fly to score Jordan Henry from third. Ole Miss led 6-0 heading into the fifth inning.
Shawn Griffin tripled to right center to open the fifth, but was thrown out when Chad Maddox hit a grounder back to the mound and Lynn threw to third for the out as Griffin had taken off for home on the play. Maddox reached on the fielder's choice. The Rebels then got out of the inning on a groundout to second and a strikeout.
Tennessee broke up the shutout in the sixth inning when J.P. Arencibia homered to left field with two outs and two strikes to cut the Rebel lead in half at 6-3.
The Volunteers cut into the lead more in the seventh as Tennessee got runners at the first and second with two out for Arencibia. After working a 3-0 count, the Rebels intentionally walked the Tennessee catcher to load the bases. The move paid off as Lynn got Yan Gomes to fly out to center field to end the inning with Ole Miss still holding a 6-3 lead.