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Bulldogs Draw a Split to Open vs. Arkansas; Game 3 Set for Sunday

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The Bulldogs were held scoreless for their first 14 innings of play Saturday, but when they scored five runs over their last three to split a doubleheader with Arkansas.

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While it took the Bulldogs a while to get going on the scoreboard, they managed to get enough runs on the board late Saturday to salvage a split in a doubleheader with the Arkansas Razorbacks at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.

In the first contest, the Bulldogs managed to pound out ten hits, but they could not get a runner across the plate, dropping a 4-0 contest to the Razorbacks. Derrick Armstrong had the hot bat for Mississippi State, going three for four in the contest, and Brett Pirtle also pounded out a pair of hits.

In both the second and third innings, the Bulldogs had a runner on third, but they could not move him the ninety feet necessary to score.  In other innings, Mississippi State saw hopes of a run dashed by the double play ball.

The Razorbacks scored one run in the second and fourth innings, and they put up a two spot in the fifth to give Jalen Beeks (4-2) all the support he needed for the win.  Preston Brown (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for Mississippi State.

Game two started much like the first game of the day with Arkansas jumping out to an early lead.

Ross MItchell plunked Andrew Benintendi to open the game, and he later came around to score to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead after the first frame.  Neither team could push a run across the plate until the bottom of the sixth when Mississippi State looked to make up for lost time in the scoring department.

The Bulldogs picked up five hits, all singles, in the inning and used a wild pitch to put four runs on the board to take a 4-1 lead and chase Arkansas starter Trey Killan (1-4).  The support would be all Mitchell (5-1, 3-0) would need as he tossed a complete game, four hitter to pick up his third win in SEC play this season.

Armstrong and Pirtle again turned in three and two-hit performances respectively, and Armstrong added an RBI.  Wes Rea and Alex Detz both had a hit and an RBI, and Zach Randolph had a two-RBI single.

The Bulldogs (19-10, 5-3) and Razorbacks (17-9, 4-4) will face off in the rubber match of their series today at 1:30.