With the smell of charcoal grills filling the air, Mississippi State would welcome Arkansas on Sunday to Dudy Noble Field for game three, where the Bulldogs would look to avoid an embarrassing series sweep. It’s no secret; Mississippi State Baseball has had an embarrassingly horrendous season. With a record of 24-22 heading into the matchup on Sunday against the Razorbacks, the Bulldogs knew a loss would spell disaster for the weekend after losing the first two to Arkansas on Friday and Saturday. At this point in the season, Mississippi State is trying to hold on to hope for the future because, barring a miracle, Mississippi State will not be participating in the NCAA Tournament for the second season since winning the National Championship in 2021.
As expected with a losing record, the conversation has turned from saving future implications to cleaning house and bringing in another coaching staff to return to Mississippi State Baseball to contending for a National Championship instead of living on a prayer to reach the SEC Tournament in Hoover.
Despite the implications on the line on Sunday, Mississippi State had no answer for the overpowering Arkansas Razorbacks’ offensive numbers. Mississippi State was within two runs before a monster 5th inning from the Razorbacks, where they scored five runs to make it 11-4 Arkansas. In that 5th inning, Arkansas had Kendall Diggs launch a monster grand slam to deep right field to put the nail in the Mississippi State coffin. Jace Bohrofen would follow the grand slam from Kendall Diggs with a home run to center field to give the Razorbacks the 11-4 advantage over the Razorbacks.
A two-run shot to left-center from Amani Larry for Mississippi State would close the gap between the Razorbacks and Bulldogs in the bottom half of the 6th to 11-6. Arkansas would go to the bullpen to bring in John Bolton to slow the Mississippi State roll after Cody Adcock walked Luke Hancock of Mississippi State. Arkansas would turn a double play to end the Mississippi State 6th inning.
With 11 runs on the board, Arkansas would close the door on Mississippi State in the later half of the game to complete the sweep.
Give Arkansas credit; the Razorbacks went into Dudy Noble Field this weekend, silenced the Bulldog faithful, and came away with a sweep of Mississippi State. Mississippi State might not be on the line that they once were, but Arkansas came into Dudy Noble Field and dominated the Bulldogs. Arkansas is on the verge of another run to the College World Series and potentially a program’s first National Championship.