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No. 11 Arkansas Splits Sunday Doubleheader Wit

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 11 Arkansas Splits Sunday Doubleheader Wit

Starkville, Miss. — Scott Hode’s one-out RBI single in the eighth lifted the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 4-2 win in game two of a doubleheader and prevented a weekend sweep by the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Arkansas improved to 35-18 overall and 17-10 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State dropped to 31-22 overall and 10-17 in the SEC.

Caton Hall (5-1) earned the win in relief. Hall pitched two and one-third innings and allowed only two hits and fanned three.

Jon Crosby (1-2) took the loss for MSU. Crosby allowed one run, earned, with a walk in one-third of an inning.

The Razorbacks took the lead in the top of the third inning. Brady Toops singled and moved to second when Casey Rowlett walked. Scott Bridges then put down a sac bunt that was fielded by Doolittle, but hits throw was wild and allowed Toops to score.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the third when Brad Jones laced a two-out single to center that scored Jeffrey Rea and Brad Corley to give MSU a 2-1 lead.

The Razorbacks got the tying run on base with one out in the seventh. After Danny Hamblin grounded out, Toops doubled to right field.

Jamie Gant was then brought in for Doolittle. Gant got Stephen Robison to fly out to center. Toops tagged and advanced to third on the play.

Dunn relieved Gant after Robison’s fly out. Brett Hagedorn then pinch-hit for Scott Bridges and chopped a single up the middle to score Toops and tie the game at 2-2.

The Razorbacks took a 3-2 lead with one out in the top of the eighth inning. Rowlett walked and then stole second. Hode brought Rowlett home with a double to right-center to give the Hogs a one run lead.

Following another MSU pitching change and with runners at second and third and two outs, Toops singled to left to score Hode and give the Razorbacks a 4-2 lead.

Hall allowed a single in the eighth before setting the Bulldogs down to secure the win.

Game Two
MSU 5, Arkansas 4

After being held to only one hit in the first three innings the Razorbacks broke through in the fourth. Clay Goodwin walked to open the inning and moved to second on a single by Haas Pratt.

Casey Rowlett singled through the right side to load the bases with only one out. Brady Toops walked on four straight pitches to plate Goodwin and five the Hogs a 1-0 lead.

Blake Parker struck out looking for the second out of the inning, bringing Devin Day to the plate. Lacher got Day swinging for strike three to end the inning with the bases loaded.

The Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the fourth. Craig Tatum singled and advanced to second when Brain LaNinfa walked.

A one-out single to left by Joseph Hunter scored Tatum from second to even the game at 1-1.

Mississippi State broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning when Tatum connected off Boyce for a three-run home run to left-center. It was Tatum’s 11th home run of the season and it gave the Bulldogs a 4-1lead.

Three singles by Pratt, Rowlett and Toops loaded the bases with no outs to open the sixth inning. Parker cut the deficit to 4-2 with a single to right that scored Pratt from third. Pinch-hitter Brett Hagedorn then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Rowlett to make it a 4-3 game.

Dugger tied the game when his ground ball was booted by second baseman Jeffery Rea. Toops scored on the play to even the score at 4-4 with Hagedorn at second, Dugger at first and only one out.

After Danny Hamblin struck out, Goodwin laced a single to right field. Hagedorn rounded third attempting to score, but was thrown out by Corely to end the inning with score tied.

After the Razorbacks went down in order in the top of the seventh, Corley took Hall’s 2-2 offering over the wall in left field for the game-winning home run.



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