State suffers defeat to close out SEC opening weekend

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State dropped the final game of its Southeastern Conference baseball series Sunday afternoon, falling 6-1 to Arkansas at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas improved to 17-4 overall and 3-0 in league play, while MSU fell to 12-9 and 0-3. The Bulldogs were held to one run in two of the three losses in the series.

Arkansas built a 3-0 lead in the third inning. The Razorbacks scored on a sacrifice fly, passed ball and infield hit.

Jake Arledge added an RBI-single in the fourth inning as the Razorbacks stretched the lead to 4-0.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the sixth inning on Brent Rooker’s team-best sixth home run of the season.

Arkansas then tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to ease to the victory.

MSU finished with six hits and stranded five base runners. Rooker had two hits.

Arkansas finished with 11 hits. Carson Shaddy had two hits and two RBIs. Jax Biggers and Jordan McFarland each added two hits.

Jake Mangum (1-1) drew his second start on the mound for the Bulldogs. Mangum was lifted after a pair of hits and a walk to start the third inning. Mangum allowed two hits and three runs (all earned), with two walks and no strikeouts.

Six other Bulldog pitchers followed to the mound. The best bullpen was done by Riley Self, who allowed three hits and a run in two innings of work.

Josh Alberius (1-3) pitched 4.2 innings to earn the win for the Razorbacks. Dominic Taccolini pitched the final four innings for his first save.

The Diamond Dawgs will retake the field on Tuesday for a midweek matchup with Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and fans can listen to the game live on the MSU Baseball Radio Network.

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