By School Reports
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State snapped a five-game losing streak with Sunday’s 5-3 victory over No. 17 Arkansas.
Junior right-hander Caleb Reed closed the game with 51⁄3 innings of one-hit relief to pick up his sixth save of the season for the Bulldogs (22-14, 6-9 SEC).
“This was a really big win,” said Reed, who struck out two and walked one. “The one thing you can say about our team is we always compete.
“The scouting report on the Arkansas hitters was that they were early swingers. (Pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson told me to throw strikes and let them make the outs.”
The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for Arkansas (26-9, 8-7). The Bulldogs are now 7-6 against ranked opponents.
MSUlost 6-5 here on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday.
As the game ended, TV cameras caught MSU outfielder Brent Brownlee gesturing to the Arkansas fans. His punishment will be announced today (see sidebar).
MSU’s starting pitcher Evan Mitchell picked up two outs before he was lifted for Luis Pollorena (4-2), who earned the victory with three innings of four-hit relief. He was charged with one earned run, in the second.
For the series, the Bulldog bullpen allowed one earned run in 141⁄3 innings of work.
Arkansas led 3-2 in the fourth when MSU’s Wes Thigpen began the Bulldogs’ comeback with a leadoff single. Adam Frazier drew a walk and Jonathan Ogden followed with a bunt which resulted in a high throw, tying the score at 3. A sacrifice fly by Jaron Shepherd placed the Bulldogs on top 4-3.
A bases-loaded walk to Nick Vickerson forced in the game’s final run in the seventh.
Arkansas had a 8-7 advantage in hits. MSU’s Jerrod Parks went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
MSU remains on the road for a Tuesday night matchup in Pearl against Ole Miss in the fifth playing of the Governor’s Cup. First pitch is set for 6:36 p.m. from Trustmark Park.