STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Razorbacks fell in the second game of the three-game series against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon to drop Arkansas’ record to 9-19, 0-7 in Southeastern Conference play.
Jennifer Rambo started the first inning with a single to left field, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice. The Razorbacks starting pitcher, Hope McLemore allowed one hit in the first for the Bulldogs as well as a walk. She worked 2.1 innings for the Razorbacks with three hits before sophomore Chelsea Cohen took to the circle.
Arkansas allowed two runs to score in the third off a single to Layne McGuirt in left field followed by a double to center. With Cohen in the circle, the Hogs held MSU to just three more hits and she collected three strikeouts with one walk.
""Chelsea really came in and did an outstanding job for us," head coach Mike Larabee said. "We just did not hit the ball hard today. We had just one hit from Jennifer Rambo, which was just a little flair down the left field line."
The Bulldogs held the Razorbacks to one hits on the day. A hit by pitch get Stephanie Brewer on base in the sixth followed by a walk for Jessica Robison. With Ashley Martindale and Macy Burr in to pinch run for the two, the winning run, Jayme Gee came to the plate with two walks under her belt. Gee took the strikeout to end the Razorbacks half of the sixth and leave Martindale and Burr stranded on base.
"I know nobody feels worse than the players do right now," Larbaee said. "I know they are struggling and they can do better than they are right now. I know eventually we are going to break out of this and right now we just have to keep on fighting."
Two more hits came on the board for the Bulldogs with a deep shot to left center for a double and a single to center. The Hogs were able to get out of the inning without allowing a run to score when Cohen threw a strikeout and the Razorbacks put out the next two batters.
Arkansas ends the three-game series with Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. After that, the Hogs head to Oxford, Miss. for a mid-week doubleheader with Ole Miss.