An early deficit proved to be too great of a hump for Tennessee to overcome in a 6-4 loss to Ole Miss at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday.
The Rebels (18-2, 1-2 SEC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of second inning. The Vols (12-6, 1-1) got runs in their half of the second and third to cut it to 3-2.
Ole Miss scored twice in the sixth when Michael Fitzsimmons homered to left field before Tennessee plated two in the seventh off a double from Benito Santiago and a Max Bartlett fielder's choice.
Three left-handers did a majority of the damage at the dish for the Big Orange. Vincent Jackson led the 10-hit attack with three singles. Santiago and Jared Pruett added two hits apiece.
Eric Freeman took the loss after giving up five hits and three runs with a trio of strikeouts and one walk in three innings. Andy Cox logged the final six frames with seven strikeouts, five hits allowe, three runs and three free passes.
Hunter Martin toes the rubber for Tennessee on Sunday. First pitch is at 2 p.m. Eastern.