Tennessee got a walk-off single from senior center fielder Derek Lance to lift the Volunteers past Ole Miss 3-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday night.
"I was just going up there looking for a pitch I could put into play," Lance said moments after the dogpile.
Lance's laser brought home Max Bartlett, who roped a two-out double down the left-field line.
"We're never down with two outs," Lance said.
Tennessee (12-5, 1-0 SEC) ended the Rebels' 12-game win streak. Ole Miss entered with an SEC Western Division leading 17-1 overall record and ranked No. 12 in the nation by Baseball America.
Zach Warren started for the Vols, going 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts, three walks, four hits and one run allowed. Jon Lipinski got the win in relief with 2 2/3 innings with three Ks, three hits, one run and one base on balls.
Warren held the Rebels hitless through the first three innings before Tate Blackman’s run-scoring single put the visitors up 1-0.
Back-to-back-to-back singles by Vincent Jackson, Jordan Rodgers and Leno Ramirez resulted in the Big Orange going up 2-1.
J.B. Woodman’s long home run to right off Lipinski evened things at 2-all. Woodman and Michael Fitzsimmons finished with two hits apiece. Brady Bramlett of Memphis started for the Rebels and struck out nine versus one walk and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Tennessee totaled six hits and didn’t commit an error.
It was Tennessee's first game without leading hitter Jeff Moberg, who was lost for the season earlier in the week with a knee injury.
"It hurts to lose a guy like that," Bartlett said. "He was leading the country in runs."
Tennessee coach Dave Serrano altered the weekend rotation for the final two games. Redshirt sophomore Eric Freeman gets the nod Saturday versus Rebels right-hander Chad Smith. Moved to Sunday is Hunter Martin, who had soreness in his back Friday after pitching earlier in the week.