The power was there, but Tennessee couldn't string together enough hits.
The bullpen was almost perfect, but it needed one more scoreless inning.
The Vols rallied with their backs against the wall but didn't push across the run they really had to have.
UT did a few things well in virtually every area on Wednesday night against Eastern Kentucky at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It just didn't do enough to turn in a complete performance, coming up short in an 8-7, 10-inning nonconference loss that led to a lengthy on-field meeting when it was over.
"Obviously that's a tough one," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "We didn't play a good game, the first game this year I didn't feel like we played well.
"I'm not happy about it - every game counts. I thought our bullpen did a good job. I thought we tried to come back late, showed some good things there. But we've got to come out from the beginning and do that. You know, we haven't done that all year, we just came out flat today and that was the message."
UT didn't get it until it was too late.
Matt Hamaker clubbed two home runs and Charley Thurber added another, but the rest of the lineup combined for just five other hits through nine innings. The Vols added a couple more spectacular plays to their resume in the field, but they also were charged with three errors and had a few other chances for outs slip away from them.
And though Nick Blount, Will Locante and Matt Ramsey were electric out of the bullpen, their six sharp innings were overshadowed by a seventh when the Colonels finally got to Ramsey and touched him for a tiebreaking grand slam.
UT finally showed some life as it tried to answer at the plate in the 10th, but it ultimately left the bases loaded before it headed out to right field to meet with Raleigh.
"All we have to do is bounce back, have a good practice (today) and come out this weekend with some fire," Hamaker said. "Just have more intensity from the get-go.
"You know, in the 10th inning, if we'd had that intensity the whole game then none of this would have happened. We wouldn't have had to fought back in the 10th. We just sat back on our heels really, and that was it."
The Vols certainly still had chances to find their footing earlier, including another bases-loaded situation in the seventh that didn't produce any runs.
They had to do a few things right to even be in that position or the similar one in the last inning. There was just one last piece missing against the Colonels.
"I think our intensity wasn't where it needs to be," Raleigh said. "I think offensively it's just not clicking. I know we had some hits today or whatever, but that's not enough.
"We're a better team than that, and we need some guys, especially in the middle of the order (1-for-13, four walks), to start doing something for us to be successful. That's what middle-of-the-order guys do, and we're not getting a lift. We're doing some good things, but sometimes you need somebody to carry you. Matt Hamaker had a heck of a game, but we need more than that."