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Mississippi State still in Top 25 after tough series loss to Florida

Mississippi State second baseman Amani Larry during Saturday's 12-2 win over Florida (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

After another weekend of college baseball, only one Mississippi team is still in the national rankings.

Mississippi State (19-10, 4-5 SEC), coming off a series loss to a Top 5 Florida team, came in at No. 22 in D1Baseball’s rankings and No. 19 in Baseball America’s. The Bulldogs fell to the Gators by one run on Friday night before storming back for a 12-2 win on Saturday. During Sunday’s rubber match, Chris Lemonis’ squad narrowly lost 4-3.

“It was a tough weekend for Mississippi State, which lost in walk-off fashion twice in Gainesville,” Teddy Cahill and Peter Flaherty of Baseball America wrote. “While this weekend might leave a sour taste in the Bulldogs’ mouths, they remain a quality club with exciting pieces on both sides of the baseball.”

Ole Miss (18-11, 3-6), on the other hand, dropped out of the polls after being swept by Kentucky. In a series the Rebels were expected to win, they were outscored 37-13 and ended the weekend being run-ruled by the Wildcats. Defense continues to be an issue for Mike Bianco’s team as Ole Miss has made 34 errors in 29 games, compared to 38 errors in 54 games in 2023.

Both teams will have some midweek action on Tuesday before returning to conference play this weekend. Mississippi State will host Georgia while Ole Miss will travel to early national champion contender Arkansas.

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