STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Arkansas Razorbacks fell in game one of the three-game series to the Mississippi Bulldogs on Friday evening, 3-0. The Razorbacks drop to 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play and 9-18 on the season.
The Razorbacks started the game with a base hit by senior Becca Carden out to second baseman. She picked up her fifth stolen base of the season. The Razorbacks kept the Bulldogs to one hit as well in the first, but gave up the first run of the day to MSU off a double to left center and a single by the left fielder.
With MSU up 1-0, Arkansas looked for a chance with a single by Stephanie Brewer in the second and another base hit by Linnea Kether in the sixth.
"We had outstanding defense today, that was a real positive on the day," head coach Mike Larabee said. "I think the pitching was good enough to win, but once again we are just not getting that key hit."
Layne McGuirt started in the circle for Arkansas and went 2.1 innings with three walks. Fellow senior Kim Jones came in to finish the third inning with two strikeouts. She finished the game for Arkansas with 3.2 innings at work. She tallied five strikeouts and just two walks on the day.
"I don’t think Layne or Kim threw their best today, but we did have a few kids that competed well at the plate," Larabee said. "Brewer had a good day and really competed well. Ketcher did well also. Tomorrow we just need to come back ready to compete. We can still win the series and these wins are key for us."
Jones allowed a runner put a runner in scoring position in the fifth and base hits by the next two batters for MSU put the second run on the board. She threw three more strikeouts in the game, but the Bulldogs still scored one more in the sixth with two more singles and a walk to load the bases. Jones walked the next batter to bring in the third run for MSU.
The Razorbacks face the bulldogs once again on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the MSU Softball Field and try to pick up the first SEC win of the season.