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#3 Razorbacks Take Series From MSU With 8-5 Extra-Inning Win

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Sam Frost produced a 3-for-3 day at the plate for the Diamond Dogs.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State pushed home the game-tying run in the ninth inning but could not pull out the victory Sunday afternoon, falling 8-5 to No. 3 Arkansas in an 11-inning Southeastern Conference baseball game played at Dudy Noble Field.

The Razorbacks clinched the weekend series with back-to-back victories. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs lost in extra-innings for the third time this season. Arkansas improved to 22-3 overall and 5-1 in league play, while MSU fell to 16-9 and 2-4.

MSU built an early 2-0 lead with a pair of scores in the second inning. Mitch Slauter and Wes Rea began the inning with back-to-back singles. A hit batsman forced in a run and a double play ground ball scored another.

After that, the Bulldogs were stymied until their ninth inning rally.

For MSU, starting pitcher Kendall Graveman carried a shutout into the sixth inning before the Razorbacks struck for a pair of runs. Graveman worked 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs (both earned), with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Razorbacks pulled even on back-to-back RBI-singles from Derrick Bleeker and Jimmy Bosco.

Caleb Reed (0-4) worked the Dogs out of the tight spot. However, the All-American closer was touched for a sun-aided RBI-double by Dominic Ficociello an inning later.

Reed worked around danger in the seventh through ninth innings allowing the hosts to rally.

After back-to-back outs to start the inning, the Bulldogs got back-to-back singles from Adam Frazier and Sam Frost. A ground ball hit to shortstop resulted in a bang-bang play at second base. Trey Porter reached on the fielder's choice, allowing Frazier to score the game-tying run.

An inning later, Nick Ammirati drew a leadoff walk. A sacrifice bunt by Wes Rea moved Ammirati to second base. Back-to-back strikeouts snuffed that threat.

Arkansas finally broke through against a tiring Reed for five runs in the 11th inning. A two-run double by Bosco was the big blow in that inning.

The Bulldogs came back with three hits and two walks in the home half of the 11th inning. A bases-loaded walk forced in one run, while an RBI-single by Ammirati scored the other. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded.

The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits but made two errors for a second straight contest, while stranding 14 base runners. Frost had a career-high three hits for MSU. For the weekend, Frost hit .714, with five hits in seven at-bats.

The Razorbacks finished with 15 hits. Tim Carver had three hits, while Ficociello, Bleeker, Bosco, Jake Wise and Jacob Morris each added multiple hits.

Colby Suggs (2-0) threw the 10th inning and earned the win in relief. Cade Lynch completed the game for his second save. Starting pitcher Randall Fant was lifted during the second inning.

MSU hosts Alcorn State (6-17) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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