Blake Benefield then bounced a grounder to Baker’s right. Baker hopped off the mound, grabbed the ball barehanded and through to first for the second out the inning.
Sanders got to second on the play, but Baker then struck out Webb to end the game.
“They just hit a few more harder than we did and came out on top,” Tennessee coach Chris Parker said.
"We just couldn’t get the barrel on as many as we’d like to.”
Of Everett and Baker, Parker said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you see those two guys lock horns in (the College World Series in) Omaha one day.”
Everett gave up two runs on just five hits, an intentional walk and eight strikeouts in the six-inning loss. Texas had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Everett struck out Vera looking and then got Edwards to pop out to shortstop to strand all three runners.
Georgia 9, Oklahoma Gold 1
Tying Tennessee with a 6-2 record during the round robin, Georgia didn’t qualify for the championship only because Tennessee had beaten Georgia earlier in the tournament.
Relegated to the third-place, Georgia proved its place among the Sunbelt’s elite with a dominating win against Oklahoma Gold.
Georgia scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, run-ruling Oklahoma Gold 9-1 in six innings at Mike Deak Field in McAlester.
“We won it back-to-back a couple years (ago), and we’re trying to get there again,” Georgia coach David McDonald said. “It’s always a challenge. I enjoy coming out here. It’s great baseball, great hospitality.”
Luke Maddox led off the bottom of the first with a single to right, then Braden Zarbnisky also singled to right to put two runners on. Gold pitcher Shawn Treat got Austin Pharr to hit a grounder towards first, but first baseman Trenton Long overthrew second base trying for a double play, allowing Maddox to score for a quick 1-0 lead.