Mitchell drove home a pair of runs and scored two others and Jones came on in a key relief situation as the Tigers won 4-3 Sunday afternoon before 3,058 fans at Baum Stadium.
"It's all about getting big hits and we didn't get a big hit," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We have eleven hits and scored three runs. You could go up and down the order. We had our shot. They scored four and they drove three of them in with two outs. One was a flare, but that's how the game works."
The win gave LSU (36-13, 16-8) a 2-1 series win and a share of both the overall and Western Division leads while Arkansas (31-14, 14-9) fell 1 ½ games back in both races.
The Razorbacks are tied with Alabama – where they head next week - for third place in the West and fourth place overall going into the final two conference weekends.
"Ole miss is playing great, Alabama is playing great, Arkansas is still right in the thick of things," LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. "Then on the other side you have Georgia and Florida. So this league is amazing. You can't for a second take a deep breath and say we're pretty good. Because boy right around the corner is another tremendous challenge and you've got to be ready for every challenge that comes your way."
Van Horn talked to his team longer than normal in its post game session.
"It was just the frustration of the game," Van Horn said of the talk. "For the young guys, I am not satisfied with this. If you don't come here to win, then you picked the wrong program. That's basically what I told them – 4-3, pat yourself on the back, no. You came here to win and that's what is disappointing.
"Now we have a couple of days for finals where we don't really get to practice and we go play Alabama that is going to scored 15 runs a game on you," Van Horn said. "You better pick it up a little bit. That is basically what I told them."
The Razorbacks had the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth in Andy Wilkins – who had earlier homered – but Tigers closer Matty Ott retired him for his 11th save of the season.
"We felt like we could have won the ballgame with a hit here, a hit there, somebody coming up with some leadership there, somebody stepping up and getting it done. We can't expect Wilkins to do it every other time. We have got to have some guys drive in runs."
Arkansas lost despite out-hitting LSU 11-10.
"We got a bunch of hits, just at the wrong time," Wilkins said. "It was definitely a series we thought we could have won. Hats off to LSU, they have a great ballclub, but it is definitely frustrating. It is going to stick with us for a little bit, but we have to come out ready for Alabama next weekend."
Brett Eibner (4-3) started on the mound for Arkansas and he was followed by Mike Bolsinger and Stephen Richards.
"The sad thing is that I thought our pitching did a good job," Van Horn said. "Hold LSU to four runs on a Sunday in game 3. (Our pitching) did a good job for us. We scattered some hits. It's just disappointing."
After falling down 4-0, Arkansas gave itself a chance with a pair of homers in the fourth and fifth innings off LSU starter and winner Austin Ross (5-5), who gave up three runs on 10 hits.
Zach Cox hit a solo shot – his seventh of the season - to the deepest part of the ballpark in center to cut it to 4-1 in the fourth.
Ben Tschepikow singled and Wilkins crushed an Austin Ross offering over the right field fence an inning later to cut it to 4-3.
The blast was Wilkins' team-leading 15th of the season and his second of the weekend.
Arkansas threatened in the seventh, but LSU brought in lefty reliever Jones – a starting safety on the football team – who retired three of the next four batters, all of whom were southpaws.
"That's what they brought him on the trip was to get out some of our left-handed hitters," Van Horn said. "I didn't want to bunt Ben down a run. You've got an inexperienced guy in there – put the bat on the ball. Then Andy hits one right on the nose right at them."
Jones, who had only had one apperance for two outs this season on the mound, was obviously proud he came threw for his team.
"When you're on the mound, you can't think about being nervous," Jones said. " You have to do your task and obviously i did for the Tigers. I pitched pretty good the few pitches I threw. Pressure was not really an option for me to think about. it was easy going up there and throwing stirkes."
Jones admitted he is very pleased facing fellow left-handers.
"I'm definitely comfortable facing left handers," Jones said. "All my life, I've pitched from high school. It puts a smile on my face when left handers come up to bat. Hopefully I'll eventually turn into the left-handed specialist sometime soon. But it's a real good feeling throwing against left handers."
Mainieri said he is glad to have Jones back from spring football practice.
"I knew there was going to be a time this weekend where I'd use him," Mainieri said. "I saw the lineup today and saw four straight left-handed hitters in the middle of the order there and I figured that was going to be a time for Chad."
Ott then worked two scoreless frames to end the game.
He fanned the side in the eighth and allowed only Tschepikow's one-out single in the ninth.
"We've got an outstanding closer," Mainieri said.
As it did in every one of the three weekend games, LSU got on the board first.
Mitchell, a wideout for the LSU football team, had a one-out single in the third to get things going and he plated on Blake Dean's single.
The Razorbacks loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, but Jacob House's weak grounder ended in the inning.
"It's 2-0, hit the ball hard," Van Horn said. "They kind of pitched around Andy right there. He just nubbed it to first. That's where we needed a good at-bat there." Mitchell, who has lost 2 of 3 football games to Arkansas, saved a baseball game for LSU two years ago by taking a home run away from Jacob Julius.
He hurt them more with his bat this time.
The Tigers chased Eibner with a trio of runs in the fourth with Mikie Mahtook's sacrifice fly scoring one and Mitchell's two-run single off Bolsinger's first pitch making it 4-0.
"Eibner wasn't putting the ball where he wanted it and Bolsinger came in and did a great job," Van Horn said. "He makes one pitch and jams a guy and he flares it in. After that, they didn't do much on him. He gave us a chance, but we just didn't get it done."
The Arkansas coach was very miffed at center fielder Chase Leavitt for throwing to third instead of getting the runner the trail runner at first, something that came ahead of Mitchell's hit.
"Stupid," Van Horn said. "What else can I tell you? You got a guy playing on the corner outfield who is playing center and he doesn't have a real good arm. Why throw the ball there. It's the little things that really drive you nuts. The play is in front of you. Throw the ball to second base. It would have been first and third and they get one run who knows what would have happened."
Van Horn said that catcher Ryan Cisterna could have played Sunday if needed after getting hit in the face Saturday and having to leave the game.
"He could have caught an inning if we got desperate, but I didn't want to catch him," Van Horn said. "I just don't want to get him hit again."
Arkansas does not have a mid-week game because of finals this week.
"I'd pick one up right here if I could, but its finals and we can't play anybody," Van Horn said.
Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons said the Razorbacks definitely have not given up on either a division or overall title.
"Everybody is pretty close in the West and even in the overall," Lyons said. "It is not over yet. We still have got two weeks to play. Everyone is so close and everyone is winning it seems like. Every game counts and it shows with the record."