Tennessee had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't get the clutch hits needed and the Volunteers fell 5-1 to Arizona State in front of 2.355 on a gorgeous Sunday.
The Pac-12 foe took the series 2-1.
Third baseman Will Maddox doubled, singled and scored Tennessee's only run, which was driven in by right fielder Christin Stewart.
Two-run home runs from Trever Allen and James McDonald in the middle stages gave the Sun Devils (4-2) gave the visitors all the run support they needed.
Ryan Kellogg (2-0) twirled five innings of walk-free baseball, striking out six and giving up just three hits. Ryan Burr and Matt Dunbar combined to allow only two hits and in four shutout frames.
Freshman Andy Cox (1-1) took the loss for the Volunteers. The southpaw, in his first rubber toeing at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, went 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts, six hits allowed and one base on balls. Four of the five runs were credited to his line. Trevor Bettencourt relinquished just one hit and no walks in 3 2/3 frames. Nick Williams needed just 10 pitches to retire all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Big Orange Country did its part in support of their team, breaking a school record for most fans for a home-opening series, churning out 6,508 spectators. That broke the 2011 mark of 6,111.
Have a look at what the Vols had to say to the media after Sunday's game in the video below: