FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 9 Arkansas baseball team was leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs 10-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when play was suspended at 8:10 p.m. due to heavy rains in the Fayetteville area. After an hour long rain delay, Arkansas game management in conjunction with the umpires and head coaches chose to forego attempting to complete the contest and the two teams will meet again on Saturday at their regularly scheduled time, 2:05 p.m.
Saturday’s action will start with the conclusion of game one of the three-game series and move on to game two approximately 45 minutes after game one ends. Admission to Saturday’s games will be granted with a Saturday, March 28, game ticket.
The Razorbacks got off to a fast start in the series opener as they scored three runs in the first inning. With one out Scott Lyons belted his first home run of the season over the 400 sign in center field and continued his hitting streak to a career best 12 games. Back-to-back walks followed the Lyons dinger and a pair of Mississippi State errors allowed two more runs to cross the plate to make it 3-0 Arkansas at the end of one.
Mississippi State scored a single run in each of the second, third and fourth innings off Razorback starter Dallas Keuchel who by virtue of tossing five innings is on line for his fourth win of the season and third against SEC opponents.
The Hogs added some cushion to Keuchel’s start when they touched Mississippi State pitching for seven runs in the third. A two-run home run by Travis Sample, his first as a Razorback, and a three-run blast by Ryan Cisterna were the big blows while a RBI single by Tim Carver and Mississippi State’s fourth error of the ball game accounted for the seven Razorback runs.
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