FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Michael Brown, Jon Knott, Casey Long and Josh West each hit home runs to help Mississippi State to a 9-3 win over Arkansas Saturday at Baum Stadium, evening the three-game Southeastern Conference series at one game each.
The win was just the second for the Bulldogs (15-10, 6-5 SEC) in the last eight meetings with the Razorbacks (16-16, 3-8 SEC). UA won Friday’s series opener, 6-5.
MSU starter Paul Maholm (3-2) allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked two in 8 1/3 innings to earn the victory. UA starter Gary Hogan Jr. (0-2) yielded five runs on seven hits in four innings and was charged with the loss.
Maholm baffled UA batters for much of the game, holding the Hogs to just four hits through eight innings. UA chased Maholm with four hits in the ninth, including a two-run single by Scott Crossett. Josh Wooten came out of the State bullpen and got Brett Hagedorn to fly into a double play on a hit-and-run with Crossett to end the game.
MSU entered the game with just seven homers on the year and had not hit more than one in a game. The four homers were the most allowed by the UA pitching staff this year.
West and Long led the Bulldogs with three hits each while Hagedorn recorded three of the Razorbacks’ eight hits. Knott’s home run was his third of year, West’s was his second. Brown and Long hit back-to-back homers in the top of the ninth for their first home runs of the year.
The series concludes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT when UA freshman right-hander Scott Roehl (2-2) takes the mound against MSU junior right-hander Tanner Brock (3-1, 2.95 ERA).