canada africa partner reservation Razorbacks fall on ‘Dogs; Rubber match tomorrow

Razorbacks fall on ‘Dogs; Rubber match tomorrow

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Parker Coil went 3.1 scoreless innings in relief and Wehiwa Aloy collected his second multi-hit game in as many nights as No. 5 Arkansas (41-10, 18-8 SEC) dropped game two to No. 14 Mississippi State (33 ). -17, 15-11 SEC), 8-5, Saturday night at Baum-Walker Stadium to set up a decisive rubber match tomorrow afternoon.

Despite the loss, Arkansas remained within one game of Kentucky (36-11, 19-7 SEC) in the overall SEC race and maintained its two-game lead over Texas A&M (41-10, 16-7 SEC) in the SEC West . with four games left in the regular season.

The Bulldogs tagged Razorback starter Brady Tygart for four runs on three singles and five walks to take control of the game from the first pitch. The junior righty fanned a pair in 1.2 innings of work before giving way to Ben Bybee and the bullpen.

However, Mississippi State continued to stomp, adding four more runs to open an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. In 2.1 relief innings, Bybee allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Trailing by eight, Arkansas responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the deficit. Coil came in to start the fifth inning and shut down the Bulldog offense as he posted 3.1 shutout frames with three strikeouts.

With Coil putting zeros on the board, the Razorbacks closed in with runs in the fifth and sixth. Peyton Stovall hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth before Kendall Diggs’ sacrifice fly in the sixth brought Arkansas within three.

Stovall, who finished 1-for-5 with two RBI, is slashing a team-leading .348/.411/.578 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this year. The Razorback captain also leads the team in hits (56), despite missing 12 games due to his preseason injury.

Cooper Dossett (0.1 IP), Stone Hewlett (0.1 IP, 1 SO) and Jake Faherty (1.0 IP, 2 SO) were just as good as Coil, coming out of the bullpen and combining for 1.2 scoreless innings in relief to give the Hogs a chance to get back into the game.

Arkansas left nine runners on base and finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position as Mississippi State’s bullpen did not allow a run over the final three frames and secured the 8-5 victory to close tomorrow’s deciding rubber match. to force.

Offensively, Aloy led the charge for Arkansas, finishing 3-for-5 with a career-high two doubles. This season, the Razorback star shortstop is now hitting .284/.382/.487 and leading the team in home runs (11) and RBI (50).

The Hogs, who have won nine straight SEC home weekend series since last season and 21 of their last 22 SEC home weekend series since 2019, are looking to win another SEC home weekend series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch in the series finale between Arkansas and Mississippi State is scheduled for Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. on SEC Network.

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