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The Tigers’ four-game win streak after beating Missouri State and sweeping Tennessee has been replaced by a four-game losing streak after dropping a game against Illinois and then getting swept at No. 3 Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference series.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.
Mississippi State hit .367 (40-109) with three doubles, two home runs, .450 slugging percentage and .400 OBP 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.