State got out to an early lead when Alex Detz followed a Jake Vickerson with a home run that hugged the right field foul pole. That was his 2nd of the year and only the 6th long ball by the Bulldogs all year.
Vickerson was in on the third run as well stealing second after a walk, then Wes Rea drove him home in the 5th. MSU added a run in the 7th on a Detz RBI groundout.
Derrick Armstrong got the 5th run home on a sac fly. He had a monster weekend going 7 for 11. While C.T. Bradford has been sidelined with a hip injury, Armstrong has filled in nicely. That’s a great luxury to have and it allows C.T. to take his time and not rush back with Derrick is hot.
Trevor Fitts started, and gave up Arkansas’ lone run in the 4th. Having only used three pitchers in the first two games, Coach Thompson had a full bullpen so he went to Jacob Lindgren who was lights out for 4 innings only giving up one hit. Johnathan Holder came in for a five-out save which he got.
Mississippi State is now 20-10 (6-3). That conference record is good for the best in the SEC (well, tied with Bama, UF and USC). The Tide swept Ole Miss this weekend. It’s on to LSU next weekend – the Tigers were swept by Florida and are a very surprising 3-5-1.