Diamond Hogs Blow Out 13-4

FAYETTEVILLE -- Somebody forgot to tell Arkansas that Saturday's game against Mississippi State wasn't rained out.

The Razorbacks never showed up.

Forecasted heavy showers actually turned out to be a light drizzle during Arkansas' 13-4 loss to the Bulldogs -- perhaps under ranked at No. 24 in the latest poll -- in front of 3,018 in Baum Stadium

"There was really not a whole lot to talk about," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn after one of the shortest postgame meetings with his team this season. "We just got whipped basically, so there was no a whole lot to discuss."

After losing 5-3 Friday night, the No. 8 Razorbacks will try to salvage at least one win in the series finale at 1 p.m. today.

"Oh yeah, we can recover from this," said Hogs senior Clay Goodwin, who proved the Hogs did have a pulse with a solo homer to lead off the seventh. "(Today's) game is the biggest game of the year for us. That's the way we have to approach it and come out here and take care of business."

Nothing went right for the Hogs on Saturday as they had just seven hits, committed four errors and struggled on the mound. It was the first time they lost back-to-back games since last season's College World Series.

In addition, it was the worst home loss since March 9, 2001, when South Carolina hammered the Hogs 16-5.

Asked if the Razorbacks could bounce back, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn was uncertain.

"I don't know. We'll find out (today)," Van Horn said. "We're a little short on the mound and a little short with some guys hurt and sick, but we'll find out.

"(Today) is the day that we need to find a way to get it done."

Things snowballed quickly for Hogs starting pitcher Shaun Seibert, who couldn't overcome a tight strike zone in the second inning when he exited without recording an out. Seibert, who sported a stingy 1.03 ERA entering Saturday, allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out one.

"We didn't help him," Van Horn said. "Seibert was just kind of feeling his way out there and it quickly turned into a big loss."

In the first inning, Seibert issued his first walk as a starting pitcher to Jeff Butts, who later scored on Brad Jones' single up the middle to make it 1-0 before the wheels came off in the second inning.

An error, a walk and a single by MSU's Ed Easley loaded the bases with no outs in the second and set the stage for a two-run single up the middle by Jeffrey Rea. A single by Butts was followed by a fielding error by Seibert that plated two runs and ended the freshman's outing.

Another run scored in the second off reliever James Gilbert to make it 6-0. Gilbert then pitched scoreless third and fourth innings before giving up four runs on five hits in the fifth to make it 10-1.

"We didn't really feel comfortable until after the fifth," said MSU coach Ron Polk. "Any time you're playing a fine team like Arkansas, you rarely feel comfortable on the road.

"But I thought (Bulldogs starter Todd) Doolittle did a nice job of pumping the strike zone after we got the big lead."

Doolittle, a fast-working right-hander, silenced the Razorbacks' offense for eight innings. He allowed five hits (two were infield hits) and one earned run while striking out five and walking five.

Arkansas did score two runs in the ninth off MSU reliever Brooks Dunn with John Marquardt and Clint Arnold both hitting RBI singles.

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