STARKVILLE, Miss. -The Arkansas baseball team (17-10, 4-5 SEC) dropped the series finale at No. 13 Mississippi State (20-10, 6-3) on Sunday, falling 5-1 at Dudy Noble Field.
Chris Oliver (2-3) suffered the loss for the Razorbacks, lasting 6.1 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out three. Colin Poché and Jacob Stone came on in relief and combined to work 1.2 innings and not allow an earned run.
The Razorbacks recorded three of their six hits on the day in the fourth inning when Joe Serrano led off the frame with a double inside the third base bag and Brian Anderson followed with a single up the middle to score Arkansas’ only run of the day. Krisjon Wilkerson followed with a single two batters later, but the Razorbacks stranded runners on the corners to end the threat.
Anderson led the way at the plate with two hits for his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the year, while four other players recorded single hits. Bobby Wernes extended his reached base streak to 12 games, the longest of any Arkansas player this season.
The Razorbacks return to action with five games in five days next week, playing host to Nebraska Tuesday and Wednesday, before South Carolina comes to Baum Stadium Thursday-Saturday. First pitch against the Cornhuskers Tuesday is set for 6:35 p.m. and will be televised on Cox Sports Television.
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The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 20 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season. The two runs Mississippi State scored in the first inning were just the fourth and fifth runs Arkansas has allowed in the first inning all season. After turning five double plays through the first 24 games of the season, Arkansas turned four double plays in the three-game series at Mississippi State. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning to bring the season total to 54. Arkansas has been hit by a pitch in 13 straight games, in 24 of 27 games and hit by multiple pitches in a contest 15 times this season. Arkansas dropped its first regular season series to Mississippi State since the 2008 season. Sunday marked the first SEC series of the year Arkansas did not win the series finale.
How They Scored
Arkansas 0, Mississippi State 2; Top 1st: Alex Detz homered down the right field line, Jake Vickerson scored from first base. Arkansas 1, Mississippi State 2; Top 4th: Brian Anderson singled up the middle, Joe Serrano scored from second base. Arkansas 1, Mississippi State 3; Bottom 5th: Wes Rea singled through the right side, Jake Vickerson scored from third base. Arkansas 1, Mississippi State 4; Bottom 7th: Alex Detz grounded out to third base, Gavin Collins scored from third base. Arkansas 1, Mississippi State 5; Bottom 8th: Derrick Armstrong flied out to centerfield, Brett Pirtle scored from third base.