Tennessee baseball rallied from a 3-run deficit to take down the hottest team in the SEC on Friday night.
Freshman Andre Lipcius lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the comeback, the Vols (18-14, 4-10 SEC) beating No. 10-ranked Auburn (26-11, 9-5) by a 5-4 count.
The Tigers, off to their best season start in 14 years, fall to 11-3 in one-run games heading into the series finale against Tennessee at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
There were plenty of heroes for the Vols, but the key moment may have been in the top of the seventh inning when Auburn had the bases loaded with a 4-1 lead.
Tennessee junior pitcher Kyle Serrano, son of head coach Dave Serrano, came on in relief of Zach Linginfelter and fanned Josh Anthony to escape the jam and keep hope alive.
The Vols closed to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of runs before tying the game up in the eighth inning when Jordan Rodgers scored on Matt Waldren’s sacrifice fly.
Freshman Justin Ammons singled to open the bottom of the 10th inning for the Vols, and Jordan Rodgers and Benito Santiago followed with walks to load the bases.
Lipcius did he rest, lifting an 0-1 pitch deep enough to push the winning run across the plate.
Tennessee had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth, but pinch-runner Jay Charleston was cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch.
Senior Jon Lipinski came on to pitch 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to close out the game and get the win for the Vols.
Tennessee took two of three at then-No. 7 Florida last weekend, winning a pair of games that had gone 10-inning in Gainesville.