The Vols lost two of three games (both to UNCW) at the double-elimination NCAA regional in Kinston, N.C., this weekend. Tennessee finished 38-24 on the season.
In UT's 8-5 defeat to UNCW Saturday (rain postponed play Friday), junior pitcher Patrick Hicklen took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Vols survived their first elimination game Sunday morning. Sophomore Luke Hochevar tossed a complete-game shutout, and UT beat Stony Brook, 1-0.
Before senior Derek Tharpe walked off the mound for the final time in a UT uniform Sunday night, the Knoxville native pitched a five-inning shut out against UNCW for a no decision.