State drops series at Arkansas

John Cohen

John Cohen

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., – Mississippi State was held to four hits as it dropped a sixth straight game in Southeastern Conference baseball action.

Arkansas broke open a tight contest with three runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-1 win against MSU Saturday night at Baum Stadium.

With the win, Arkansas clinched its fifth straight conference series for the first time since 2004. The Razorbacks improved to 26-17 overall and 11-9 in league play, while the Bulldogs fell to 22-21 and 6-14.

“I thought they had a really big crowd tonight and I thought our kids didn’t handle the environment,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “We are struggling to have good at-bats. Tonight, we were not good in any phase of the game.”

MSU starter Preston Brown (5-5) allowed seven hits and six runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings of work, with one strikeout and four walks. Zac Houston finished the game for State and allowed one hit in 1.2 scoreless stanzas.

In the three-run fourth inning, the Razorbacks took advantage of a critical error which kept the inning afloat.

After Ryan Gridley walked and scored on a groundout to bring the Bulldogs within 3-1, Arkansas tacked on three runs in the home half of the seventh inning.

Arkansas finished with eight hits, including multi-hit nights by Tyler Spoon and Brett McAfee. Dominic Taccolini (6-3) allowed four hits and one run in 6.2 innings of work to earn the win.

Jacob Robson had three of MSU’s four hits. Seth Heck had the other hit.

The series finale is at 1:05 p.m. today. The game will be available on SEC Network +.

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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