If the ball was playable, a Tennessee defender was throwing his body at it.
There wasn't anything the Vols could do about all the ones hit over their heads.
UT was largely steady with its gloves, athletic in the outfield and occasionally reckless as it risked injury for the reward of an out. But that wasn't nearly enough to overcome an early barrage of home runs from No. 18 Arkansas while the UT offense struggled to simply get people on base in an 8-0 loss on Thursday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to open the final baseball series of the season.
"I'll never accept (losing), but they could have easily racked it," Vols coach Dave Serrano said. "It wasn't about racking it tonight. We just got beat by a better baseball team.
"They are trying all the time, and I see it on their faces, I see it in the dugout after the game with their heads down. It still matters to them, and it bothers them."
The Vols (24-29, 8-20 SEC) had plenty of things that could irritate them, particularly after giving up four home runs by the end of the third inning while Razorbacks ace DJ Baxendale was effortlessly cruising through eight innings, giving up just two hits without walking anybody.
But even with some heads perhaps a little down in the UT dugout, they were always up and looking to make something happen in the field — no matter how difficult or painful it might have been at times to produce an out.
Chris Pierce set the tone by grabbing the first one of the game with a diving snag in center field.
Reliable Zach Osborne provided a bookend by starting a slick double play at shortstop in the ninth inning.
And in between, first baseman Parker Wormsley left little doubt that UT was still willing to play with a hard-nosed edge, literally leading with his face as he scrambled to the bag on a third-inning grounder and retired a runner with a head-first slide.
"I was just trying to get the out, but that could have been a little bit dangerous as I think about it now," Wormsley said. "But we're going to play hard regardless of the outcome of the game, whether we're down 10 or up 10.
"We're going to play hard and keep battling to the end of the season, and it hasn't really worked out well for us here at the end, but we've still got to play hard. We can't let off the gas."
Defensively the Vols never did, but offensively they couldn't match the horsepower the Razorbacks (37-17, 14-14) were sending to the plate.
And with UT never able to get its own offense running, the handful of blasts Arkansas kept well out of reach of any defenders were more than enough to give it a comfortable win on the road.
"I've been very frustrated at times because losing is hard to accept," Serrano said. "I'll never accept it. It's the old saying, 'You show me someone that's a good loser, I'll show you a loser.'
"But you look at stuff like (Wormsley), you look at Pierce's play in center field, you look at our pretty good defense for the most part — it wasn't about the defense."
Just the plays that no defense can stop.