LAS VEGAS (WATE) - After a long, drawn-out battle, the Tennessee baseball team lost the 2013 season opener in the ninth inning to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Friday night.
UNLV beat the Vols 10-9 at the Earl Wilson Stadium.
Tennessee trailed by two with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning. A hit batter, a walk and an RBI single cut the UT deficit to a single run.
Freshman A.J. Simcox then smoked a line drive on the first pitch he saw, but it settled harmlessly into the first baseman's mitt for the game's final out.
"Our heads were down, but I said to [the team] before the game started that tonight's game, this weekend doesn't signify us as a team," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "If we play that hard and with that much fight every day, things are going to go our way.
The Vols and Rebels will be back in action on Saturday with a doubleheader, starting at 4:05 p.m. ET. Freshman southpaw Andy Cox will get the nod on the mound for the first game, while freshman right-hander Matt Esparza will toe the rubber for the second game.