Kentucky got a career-high five innings from freshman Jordan Cooper but couldn't muster enough offense in a 3-1 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville on Sunday.
Cooper (2-4), a native of Shelbyville, Tenn., allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Junior reliever Mike Kaczmarek got UK out of a jam with no outs in the sixth, and junior Nick Kennedy worked the final 12⁄3 innings.
Kentucky (24-20, 7-14 Southeastern Conference) couldn't find any offense with just six hits, including 2-for-4 days from junior Chris Bisson and senior Gunner Glad. Bisson had the only extra-base hit with a double to lead off the eighth inning. Glad scored UK's only run on an single by Braden Kapteyn in the first inning.
Tennessee (24-21, 8-13 SEC) shut UK down from there. Sophomore Steven Gruver (3-3) allowed one run on four hits in six innings, and two Tennessee relievers combined for three scoreless innings.
The Vols got RBI from junior Khayyan Norfork and sophomore Matt Ramsey, both on groundouts.
Kentucky returns to action Friday at home against South Carolina.