FINAL: No. 10 Arkansas 13, MSU 3

The buzz: The Razorbacks jumped ahead early, scoring twice in the first inning and never trailing. MSU’s bats never got going when it was still a game, and Arkansas put it away with a five-run seventh to get the sweep. It’s the first time MSU’s been swept at home in a three-game SEC series since 2008, when Vanderbilt did it.

MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs managed only four hits, with Nick Vickerson getting two and Jet Butler stroking a double, as he got the start at second base in place of Sam Frost.

Arkansas at the plate: The Hogs banged out 20 hits, including three apiece by Bo Bigham, Zack Cox, Brett Eibner, Travis Sample and Tim Carver. Eibner had five RBIs and smashed a grand slam in the seventh.

MSU on the mound: In his first SEC start, juco transfer Trey Johnson lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on eight hits. Also seeing action were Tyler Whitney, Ben Bracewell and Chad Girodo. Bracewell gave up six runs, including Eibner’s homer.

Arkansas on the mound: Freshman lefty Randall Fant was fabulous, allowing just one run on two hits in seven innings. After yielding Butler’s double in the second inning, Fant retired 18 of the next 19 batters he faced, including the final 14.

Key stats: Besides getting out-hit 20-4, MSU committed three errors, giving it seven on the weekend.

Bottom line: As coach John Cohen noted postgame, it’s not surprising that MSU is struggling, but he had a hard time hiding the frustration in his voice. With so few options off the bench or in the bullpen, this is going to be a long season in Starkville.

Up next: MSU is back home Wednesday to take on South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. Then it’s a three-game home set versus Tennessee on Super Bulldog Weekend.

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