Mississippi State scored two runs in each of the first four innings and the Bulldogs upset No. 3 Arkansas 11-2 on Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.
Bulldogs starter Chris Stratton threw seven innings and struck out nine Razorbacks to improve to 5-0 on the mound. Stratton had recorded 17 strikeouts one week earlier in a no-decision at LSU.
Mississippi State (18-9, 2-2 SEC) took the lead on Hunter Renfroe's inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning. Renfroe's hit went off the center field wall, where Arkansas outfielder Jacob Morris was unable to make the play and ran into the wall.
The Bulldogs added two more in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead on a pair of RBIs from Demarcus Henderson and Adam Frazier.
Arkansas (20-3, 3-1) pulled within 4-1 on a Tim Carver RBI in the top of the third inning, but Renfroe added a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 6-1.
Renfroe, who finished the game 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs, had not hit a home run prior to Friday.
Mississippi State handed Arkansas starter DJ Baxendale his first loss of the season. Baxendale left with no outs in the fourth inning after allowing eight runs on nine hits.
The loss snapped a 10-game win streak for the Razorbacks, which swept their conference opener last week against Alabama.
The two teams will play again Saturday in the second game of the series at 2 p.m.
Mississippi State 11, Arkansas 2
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Arkansas On Game Days | Tailgate TravelsAs much fun as it is being at an Arkansas football game, the pregame can be just as enjoyable, especially if you have an RV. Head out to Fayetteville to see what makes the…
Scout 2017 Rankings DirectoryThe Scout positional, state, regional, national and team rankings for the Class of 2017...
Scout FootballMonday at 7:00 AM
Bowl Game Matchups: Who's Going Where?Here's a look at the postseason lineup for 2016.
ScoutSunday at 11:12 AM
Missouri-Arkansas By The NumbersMissouri (3-8, 1-6) hosts Arkansas (7-4, 3-4) in a Southeastern Conference contest on Friday afternoon.
Black & Gold Illustrated11/21/2016
SEC football grad rates, first to worstSee the newly released Graduation Success Rates for every SEC football program.