The Tennessee baseball program is back on life support after the Vols were swept at No. 8-ranked Kentucky and fell out of the top 12 spots in the SEC.
Tennessee (26-22, 7-18 SEC) fell to the Wildcats 7-2 on Sunday despite freshmen Justin Ammons and Luc Lipcius each going 2-for-5 at the plate.
Meanwhile Georgia (22-30, 9-18) took 2 of 3 against No.4 ranked Mississippi State to move ahead of the Vols in the race for the 12th and final spot in the SEC Baseball Tournament.
Georgia had taken 2 of 3 at Kentucky (36-16, 18-9) last weekend while Tennessee was splitting a doubleheader against Arkansas.
The Vols had won 7 of 9 games before their ill-fated trip to the Bluegrass State this past weekend.
“We were playing good baseball before we got in here and ran into a team that was playing really good baseball,” Tennessee coach Dave Serrano said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next four games. We know our backs are against the wall.
“We’ve put ourselves in a tough position, and we know it will be hard fight ahead of us.”
Tennessee plays host to Morehead State on Tuesday night before a 3-game home series against Missouri wraps up the regular season.
Georgia concludes its regular season with a 3-game series at South Carolina needing to win one game to clinch the 12th and final spot in the SEC Baseball Tournament.