By From school reports
KNOXVILLE – The Rebels pulled out the rally caps on Sunday and executed to perfection.
No. 21 Ole Miss manufactured a three-run ninth inning to defeat Tennessee 4-3.
The win completed a series sweep of the Volunteers and gave Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco his 500th win as the Rebels’ skipper and 600th win overall.
Trailing by two runs heading into the ninth, the Rebels (29-12, 10-8 SEC) rallied with clutch performances from the heart of the batting order and some key at bats off the bench.
Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone started things off with a double and a walk.
Pinch hitter Christian Helsel laid down a perfect bunt in a sacrifice attempt, but the Vols’ pitcher threw the ball away at third trying to record an out.
Pinch-runner Cameron Dishon raced home to score.
A groundout by Preston Overbey scored Mistone to tie it and a deep fly by Will Allen scored Helsel and put the Rebels on top.
“It was a solid effort throughout the lineup today,” Bianco said. “It feels good to get the 500th win at Ole Miss, but it’s really something that so many people have been a part of through the years,”
Tanner Bailey (3-1) picked up the relief win, allowing one run on two hits in 11⁄3 innings. Brett Huber picked up his 10th save of the season, entering the game to start the ninth and retiring three straight batters.
It marks the second straight SECseries sweep for Ole Miss, which also swept Alabama last weekend in Oxford.
Tennessee (17-21, 5-13 SEC) has been swept in three weekend SECseries this season.
Ole Miss visits Arkansas State on Tuesday night.