The Razorbacks, ranked No. 4 in the preseason, finished the regular season 39-17 and likely on the outside-looking-in at hosting one of 16 NCAA regional fields.
The good news for Arkansas is the season isn't over and the program's main objective - a trip to the College World Series - is still there for the taking.
"We have a chip on our shoulder," said third baseman Matt Reynolds. "We don't feel like we're getting the respect we deserve and rightfully so; we haven't played our best baseball.
"We think this is an Omaha-caliber club and we think anything less than that is a disappointment."
Arkansas combined to score 26 runs in the series and held the Vols to only five. It was the perfect blend of clutch hitting and dominant pitching that lacked at times throughout the regular season when the team lost eight games by one run.
While the wins were against a team that tied for last place in the conference, players are hopeful the experience serves as a springboard into the postseason.
"It gave us a big confidence boost going into the tournament," said DJ Baxendale, reigning SEC pitcher of the week. "It showed us when we play our game of baseball, we're nearly unstoppable."
Arkansas is no stranger to postseason success. In fact, few schools can boast a resume similar to the Razorbacks in recent years.
Since 2009, Arkansas has won 16 postseason games to help the program eclipse the 40-win plateau each year, and most of the team's starters have postseason experience.
"It has a lot to do with our coaches," Reynolds said. "They prepare us so well for postseason and remind us that we're doing right now is to make us better in the postseason. I think we take on our coaches' personality to not give up."
Arkansas will start sophomore right-hander Ryne Stanek in the first round against the Bulldogs. Stanek (6-3, 2.96 earned run average) did not pitch in the Razorbacks' series against Auburn two weekends ago and left after just 17 pitches at Tennessee when he was hit in the shoulder by a line drive.
Mississippi State (34-21) will counter with freshman right-hander Brandon Woodruff (0-2, 3.46). The Bulldogs are coming off a three-game series sweep of Kentucky over the weekend.