The road was unkind to both No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 15 Ole Miss in weekend SEC baseball series that ended on Saturday.
The Bulldogs lost 10-2 at No. 12 Arkansas to get swept in an SEC series for the first time this season.
The Rebels, with a chance to clinch their series, lost 6-5 to Auburn in 10 innings.
MSU fell from first place in the SEC West to a three-way tie for fourth with Ole Miss and Auburn at 10-8. Arkansas is first at 12-6, followed by Texas A&M at 11-6-1.
The state rivals will meet Tuesday night in Pearl for the annual Governor’s Cup game at Trustmark Park. Both teams will be home next weekend, with Georgia visiting Starkville and No. 7 Texas A&M visiting Oxford. Both series will begin on Friday.
“We are just not doing enough to win right now,” head coach Chris Lemonis said, after his squad (32-9, 10-8 SEC) was jolted by an eight-run Arkansas outburst in the sixth inning.
Freshman J.T. Ginn (7-2) took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) in five-plus innings. Rowdey Jordan singles and drove in both of the Bulldogs’ runs.
The Rebels (27-14, 10-8) battled at the plate, with Grae Kessinger hitting two home runs and Cooper Johnson sending the game to extras with a two-run shot in the ninth.
But closer Parker Caracci got tagged with his second loss of the season.
Kessinger went 3 for 4, scoring three runs and driving in three more.
Another weekend of SEC baseball is in the books, and there’s been yet another shakeup in the standings.
With Georgia sweeping Mizzori, the Bulldogs now have the best conference mark with four weekends left in the regular season.