March 25, 2012

Dogs fall to No. 3 Arkansas in 11 innings

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State scratched, clawed and battled with nearly every healthy player remaining on a depleted roster but came up short 8-5 to third-ranked Arkansas in 11-innings on Sunday afternoon.

The Diamond Dogs forced the extra frames scoring the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth innings. But Arkansas scored five runs in the 11th to take the series.

MSU brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the 11th with one out but were unable to finish the job as they fell to 2-4 in league play and 16-9 overall.

"These kids are competing their tails off," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "They are putting us on the brink of being very, very successful. (Arkansas) is a really good baseball team, a team that can win a national championship. We are right there. They are ranked third in the country and had two losses coming into this. They are really good and are going to compete for the league championship.We're so stinking close to being at that level even with virtually no experience on the field."

The Razorbacks (22-3, 5-1) finished the day with 15 hits including five doubles. Shortstop Tim Carver led the way going 3-for-7 with a double.

Left fielder Derrick Bleeker was 2-for-4 with an RBI while first baseman Dominic Ficociello went 2-for-5 with a double and one run batted in. Catcher Jake Wise was also 2-for-5 with an RBI while designated hitter Jimmy Bosco and centerfielder Jacob Morris were both 2-for-6 with a double apiece. Bosco knocked in three while Morris drove in one.

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