OXFORD, Miss. – A record crowd of 1,292 fans filled the Ole Miss Softball Complex on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, but Ole Miss could not pull off the upset of No. 2 Tennessee and fell to the Lady Vols 15-5. Saturday’s crowd was the largest ever to see the Rebels play at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
Senior designated player Erinn Jayjohn highlighted the afternoon with a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning. It was the third home run of the season for Jayjohn, and her first home run in Oxford this season.
For the second straight day, Tennessee second baseman Lauren Gibson got the Lady Vols on the board in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run.
Tennessee (41-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) scored five runs in the top of the second on four hits, and plated four more runs in the top of the third on four hits.
In the bottom half of the third, Ole Miss (22-28, 2-18 SEC) loaded the bases with singles by Marina Parra and RT Cantillo, and a walk by Brittany Broome. With the count full, sophomore third baseman Allison Brown watched ball four and Parra came home from third on the free pass. Jayjohn then stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam to left field to give the Rebels five runs on three hits for the inning.
Tennessee scored one run in the fourth inning and then three more in the sixth to win the game 15-5.
Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. CT. In addition to Sundae Sundays, fans can arrive early for Sunday’s series finale to be a part of a program designed to educate on osteoporosis and osteoporosis prevention led by members of the health and exercise department. Participants will receive free prizes and girl scouts will receive free “Bones Savvy” badges.
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