Arkansas 20, Mississippi State 9

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mississippi State surrendered a seven-run third inning and a six-run fifth inning in a 20-9 defeat to the Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader Saturday at Baum Stadium. The Bulldogs and Razorbacks actually began play Friday night. UA led 10-3 in the filth inning when the contest was halted by heavy rains.

Despite consistent snow flurries, play resumed Saturday with the Razorbacks putting the contest away, thanks to the six-run fifth inning.

The second contest of Saturday's doubleheader was postponed due to the deteriorating weather situation. The teams will now play a doubleheader Sunday, beginning at 12:05 p.m. Both games of that twinbill will be seven innings long.

The ninth-ranked Razorbacks continued their best conference start in school history, improving to 18-4 overall and 7-0 in league play. Meanwhile, MSU lost its fifth straight in league play, falling to 14-11 and 2-5.

In the Arkansas third inning, Travis Sample hit a two-run home run. Ryan Cisterna later followed with a three-run home run. The fifth inning included a two-run single by Scott Lyons and a two-run double by Andy Wilkins.

The Bulldogs rallied with six runs in the ninth inning. In that at-bat, the first six Bulldogs to bat reached and scored. Luke Adkins hit a solo home run, Grant Hogue had a two-run single and Connor Powers ripped a three-run home run in that inning.

Each team finished with 14 hits, but MSU was undone by six errors.

Frank Rawdow had his first three-hit game with the Maroon and White, while Cody Freeman also had three hits.

Starting pitcher Devin Jones (0-2) lasted just 2-1/3 innings and took the loss.

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