Lane Kiffin Trolls Tennessee, Vol Baseball Returns The Favor In Series Opener

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Tennessee and Ole Miss top five baseball series in October is only a few innings underway but the rivalry and trolling is already well underway.

Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin started the fun, throwing out the first pitch but throwing out a golf ball instead of a baseball.  The third-year Rebels coach played fun at the golf ball that got thrown at him as Vol fans threw trash on the field following a controversial spot late in Ole Miss’, 31-26, win in Knoxville last fall.

Lane Kiffin may not have been able to find a mustard bottle, but Tennessee’s baseball team brought one with them to the Magnolia State.

The Vols jumped on Ole Miss in the second inning of Friday night’s series opener capped off by a two-run Jared Dickey home run.

As Tennessee celebrated taking a 6-0 lead on Ole Miss, you can see a teammate toss Dickey a mustard bottle before the redshirt-freshman outfielder donned the Vols’ home run celebration coat.

A mustard bottle was one of the odder, more infamous, items thrown on the Shield-Watkins field in the waning minutes of October’s game.

Tennessee’s SEC road opening series at Ole Miss begins a 10-day gauntlet for Tony Vitello’s baseball team. The Vols follow up the weekend in Oxford with a road trip to rival Vanderbilt.

The Vols lead 7-0 in the fifth inning of Friday’s series opener at the time of publishing.

UPDATE: Tennessee defeated Ole Miss on the diamond by a score of 12-1. Check out RTI’s full postgame recap here.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.