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#3 Arkansas Rebounds To Even Series With Mississippi State

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Photo Courtesy of John R. Cade

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State could not build on the offensive momentum generated Friday night at Dudy Noble Field as the Bulldogs were shut out for the first time in 54 games, falling 8-0 to third-ranked Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference Saturday afternoon matchup.

The Arkansas pitching duo of Ryne Stanek and Cade Lynch combined on a three-hitter. Stanek (6-0) was lifted with one out in the seventh inning. For the contest, the sophomore right-hander allowed three hits, with six strikeouts and only two walks. Lynch faced the minimum in 2.2 innings of relief work.

Arkansas improved to 21-3 overall and 4-1 in league play, while MSU fell to 16-8 and 2-3. The Maroon and White were shut out for the first time since an 18-0 defeat at the hands of Florida on April 9, 2011.

The Razorbacks chased MSU starting pitcher Nick Routt (1-2) during a two-run fifth inning. The wheels came off an inning later as Arkansas became the first MSU opponent to bat around this season. The Razorbacks struck for six runs - the most allowed in any one inning by MSU this season - during the sixth inning.

MSU also saw its string of four straight errorless games snapped during the sixth inning. The Bulldogs had two throwing errors during the big outburst. Still, Arkansas tallied eight earned runs on 14 hits - both totals were the most allowed by MSU pitching in a conference game this season.

Arkansas grabbed the 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Dominic Ficociello and an RBI-double by Matt Reynolds.

In relief, Evan Mitchell worked the Bulldogs out of the fifth inning before being touched for four runs, thanks to two walks and two hits an inning later. Jacob Lindgren got the Bulldogs out of that tight spot and pitched well before giving way to Trevor Fitts with two outs in the eighth inning.

On this day, the Razorbacks' dynamic duo proved too much to overcome. The Bulldogs only managed three hits and had six total base runners.

Matt Reynolds led Arkansas with three hits and three RBIs. Tim Carver, Jacob Mahan, Derrick Bleeker and Ficociello each had multiple hits.

The Bulldogs and Razorbacks close their weekend series with a noon start Sunday. The contest will be televised regionally by SportSouth. MSU then closes this homestand with a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday contest against in-state rival Alcorn State.



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