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Missouri Baseball Swept at Mississippi State

After series sweep at Mississippi State, Missouri baseball fall to 24-25 on the season.

The Missouri baseball team followed up arguably its best week of the season with one of its toughest weeks of the spring. 

The Tigers’ four-game win streak after beating Missouri State and sweeping Tennessee has been replaced by a four-game losing streak after dropping a game against Illinois and then getting swept at No. 3 Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference series.

The Tigers, who will next host Georgia in a three-game series beginning Friday, lost 8-2, 4-3 and 3-1 in three games against the Bulldogs. 

Missouri fell to 24-25 overall and 7-17 in SEC games. Mississippi State improved to 33-14-1 overall and 15-9 in conference play.

Missouri batted just .208 (21-101) with two doubles, a .228 slugging percentage and a .231 on-base percentage over the three-game series. 

Senior first baseman Zach Lavy hit .333 (4-12), the only Tigers player to hit better than .275 on the weekend, with two runs scored. He is now hitting a team-best .342 on the season and has 17 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 48 RBIs, 40 runs scored and .401 on-base percentage.

Sophomore catcher Brett Bond and junior center fielder Jake Ring each added three hits. Ring and freshman Brian Sharp each had two RBIs, the only four RBIs for Missouri over the three games. 

Mississippi State hit .367 (40-109) with three doubles, two home runs, .450 slugging percentage and .400 OBP during the series. 

Missouri’s three starters — senior righty Reggie McClain, sophomore right-hander Tanner Houck and freshman lefty Michael Plassmeyer — all suffered losses during the series. 

McClain (4-3) was tagged for seven runs (all earned) on 15 hits with six strikeouts against one walk over 6 2/3 innings in the series opener on Thursday. Houck (4-5) scattered four runs (two earned) on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings on Friday. Plassmeyer (4-5) allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. 

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