MSU Rally Falls Short Against Arkansas-LR

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State found an offensive rhythm too late Tuesday afternoon, falling to visiting Arkansas-Little Rock 9-5 in a college baseball game played at Dudy Noble Field.

The Trojans (2-7) reeled off the game's first nine runs before MSU (4-4) finally broke through in the seventh inning. A three-run home run by Connor Powers started the rally but the Bulldogs could only plate a pair of additional runs after that round-tripper.

UALR struck for two runs in the first inning and scored a single run in the second inning. A two-run home run by Matt Apfel highlighted a four-run fourth inning as the Trojans sprinted to a 7-0 advantage. Three innings later, a two-run home run by Brad Swiderski capped the scoring by the visitors.

In the M-State seventh inning, the Bulldogs finally broke through. Russ Sneed and Jason Nappi legged out back to back infield hits. For Sneed and Nappi, those hits extended hit streaks to eight games. Connor Powers followed with his towering three-run home run to right center. After the home run, Cody Freeman doubled and Nick Hardy followed with an RBI single.

An inning later, the Bulldogs struck again. Mark Goforth walked and Jason Nappi doubled down the left field line. Connor Powers followed with an RBI single on an infield hit. MSU could get no closer, stranding a pair of base runners in the eighth inning and one runner in the ninth inning.

Forrest Moore (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs. Moore pitched 3-2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs (all earned), with two walks and five strikeouts. Andy Wilson followed with two hits of relief work, stretched over a career-high 3-1/3 innings. Drew Hollinghead and Jared Koon each threw a shutout inning in relief.

David Klumpp (1-2) picked up the win for the Trojans. Klumpp allowed six hits and four runs (all earned) in 6-2/3 innings of work. Klumpp struck out five and for a third straight start, walked nobody. Mike Rogers struck out six Bulldogs in 2-1/3 innings of relief.

M-State finished with eight hits. Nappi and Connor Powers were the lone multiple hitters. UALR totaled nine hits. Eric Hanlon and Apfel each had multiple hits for the Trojans.

The two teams complete a two-game midweek series with a 4 p.m. start Wednesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

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