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Bulldogs Fall In Heartbreaker To No. 24 Arkansas On Sunday

April 23, 2017

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – In the second game of the series, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-15, 7-10 SEC) fell victim to a late rally from the 24th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks (28-17, 6-14 SEC), falling in a 5-4 heartbreaker Sunday night at Nusz Park.
 
Both sides made noise in the opening frame, starting with a three-run homer for the Razorbacks. The lead wouldn’t last long though, as MSU tacked on three in the home half of the first to tie things up. Bevia Robinson started things of with a single up the middle, followed by an Arkansas error that would allow Kat Moore and Robinson to both reach safely.
 
Caroline Seitz drove in State’s first runs of the game with a two-RBI double to left center, cutting the Hogs’ lead down to one. Calyn Adams came up next and evened the playing field, singling to center to score Seitz and making it 3-3.
 
State would take the lead an inning later thanks to the power of Sarai Niu. The sophomore tallied her first home run of the year, blasting one over the wall in right center to give the Dogs a 4-3 lead.
 
The game would then become a pitcher’s duel, as the next three frames were scoreless on both sides. Arkansas began its rally in the sixth, tacking on one run with a sac fly RBI. Despite scoring the tying run, the real highlight of the play came from MSU centerfielder Amanda Ivy, who made a ridiculous jumping catch on a ball that had home run potential.
 
Arkansas jumped out in front an inning later, as a trio of singles and a fielder’s choice set up an RBI groundout to push the visitors into a 5-4 lead. MSU was unable to rally in the bottom half of the frame, as the Razorbacks recorded a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game and even the series.
 
Niu and Robinson led the way for MSU with two hits each. Robinson now leads the team with 13 multi-hit contests this season. Moore, Seitz, Adams, Ivy and Katie Anne Bailey each turned in a hit against the Hogs. Seitz recorded her 51st-career double, moving her into sole possession of fourth place on MSU’s all-time doubles list, and improved her career-long hitting streak to 10-straight games.
 
Holly Ward earned the start for the Dogs, throwing 6.0 innings and striking out six. Alexis Silkwood came in and threw an inning of relief work, striking out one and falling to 13-5 on the year.
 
The Bulldogs will look to take their third-straight SEC series on Monday, as they host No. 24 Arkansas in the series finale. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT, with the contest being nationally televised on SEC Network.
 
Series Schedule Against No. 24 Arkansas…
Saturday, April 22 – Mississippi State def. No. 24 Arkansas, 3-0
Sunday, April 23 – No. 24 Arkansas def. Mississippi State, 5-4
Monday, April 24 – Mississippi State vs. No. 24 Arkansas (6 p.m. CT)
 
Scoring Plays Versus No. 24 Arkansas…
1st Inning – After the Razorbacks took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, MSU responded quickly, starting with a Caroline Seitz two-RBI double that scored Kat Moore and Bevia Robinson to cut the lead to 3-2
1st Inning –  Calyn Adams followed with an RBI single to center to tie things up at 3-3
2nd Inning – Sarai Niu blasted a monster shot to right center, her first homer of the year, to push MSU into a 4-3 lead
 
Bulldog Home Run Tracker…

  1. Reggie Harrison vs. Fresno State, Feb. 16, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)
  2. Morgan Bell vs. North Florida, Feb. 24, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)
  3. Reggie Harrison vs. Eastern Illinois, Feb. 24, 2017 (1 on, 1 out)
  4. Olivia Golden vs. Eastern Illinois, Feb. 24, 2017 (0 on, 1 out)
  5. Olivia Golden vs. Southern Illinois, Feb. 26, 2017 (2 on, 2 outs)
  6. Morgan Bell at Southeastern Louisiana, Feb. 28, 2017 (0 on, 2 outs)
  7. Olivia Golden at Southeastern Louisiana, Feb. 28, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)
  8. Katie Anne Bailey at Southeastern Louisiana, Feb. 28, 2017 (1 on, 1 out)
  9. Caroline Seitz vs. Samford, March 3, 2017 (2 on, 1 out)
  10. Katie Anne Bailey vs. UMass, March 3, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)
  11. Reggie Harrison vs. Samford, March 4, 2017 (1 on, 0 outs)
  12. Caroline Seitz vs. Samford, March 4, 2017 (0 on, 1 out)
  13. Olivia Golden at No. 5 Texas A&M, March 10, 2017 (2 on, 1 out)
  14. Reggie Harrison vs. No. 8 Alabama, March 17, 2017 (1 on, 1 out)
  15. Calyn Adams vs. No. 12 Oklahoma, March 24, 2017 (0 on, 2 outs)
  16. Morgan Bell vs. South Carolina, April 9, 2017 (1 on, 1 out)
  17. Caroline Seitz at No. 19 Georgia, April 14, 2017 (3 on, 1 out)
  18. Caroline Seitz at No. 19 Georgia, April 15, 2017 (3 on, 2 outs)
  19. Caroline Seitz at No. 19 Georgia, April 16, 2017 (1 on, 1 out)
  20. Caroline Seitz at No. 19 Georgia, April 16, 2017 (0 on, 2 outs)
  21. Kat Moore vs. No. 24 Arkansas, April 22, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)
  22. Sarai Niu vs. No. 24 Arkansas, April 23, 2017 (0 on, 0 outs)

 
Niu Blasts First Homer Of The Year…
With the game tied at 3-3, sophomore Sarai Niu blasted a solo shot over the right center wall, giving MSU a 4-3 advantage in the second. That homer was her first of the year and the fourth of her career. Tonight’s homer comes nearly a year to the day of her last bomb, which she hit on April 24, 2016 against Florida.
 
Seitz Tallies Another Double, Keeps Hitting Streak Alive…
Caroline Seitz earned her 51st-career double on Sunday night, hitting one in the opening inning to drive in two runs. She is now in sole possession of fourth place on the MSU all-time doubles list. She stands one away from tying for third place on the chart.
 
Seitz also extended her career-long hitting streak to 10-straight games, which is the highest for any Bulldog this season.
 
The senior has also been an RBI machine of late, as she has driven in 19 runs in the last eight games, including two contests with five-plus RBI, both coming in her monster weekend at No. 19 Georgia.
 
Robinson Doubles Up Yet Again…
For the third-straight game and for the fifth time in her last seven contests, Bevia Robinson recorded a multi-hit showing. With a pair of singles on Sunday night, she upped her season total to 13 multi-hit games, which leads the team.
 
Weather…
Monday’s Forecast (April 24) – Sunny, 77 degrees (10%)
 
Live Stream…
The two remaining games of this weekend’s series will nationally broadcasted on SEC Network, with Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill on the call. Fans can also access the games through WatchESPN.com, the ESPN app or clicking the links below.
 
Mississippi State vs. No. 24 Arkansas SEC Network Broadcast (Monday)
 
Live Stats…
Mississippi State will provide live stats for the remaining two games this weekend. They can be found in the link below.
 
Mississippi State vs. No. 24 Arkansas Live Stats (Monday)
 
Admission…
Admission to this weekend’s games at Nusz Park are free.
 
Promotions…
 
Monday, April 24
MSU vs. Arkansas (6 p.m. CT)
– Free admission
– Free Petting Zoo (ducks, baby goats, chickens, sheep, cows, donkey…and a KANGAROO)
– “Kids’ Day at the Park” (sponsored by LeBonheur): Kids run the bases post-game
– Recognition of the SEC Chiefs of Police
– Free MSU prizes and t-shirt tosses during the game
– Kids’ Zone
 
Maroon Memories…
Several exclusive opportunities are available for Bulldog fans of all ages through Maroon Memories. A full list of how to upgrade your Nusz Park experience is below…
 
First Game/Birthday Buttons
Fans attending their first game and/or celebrating their birthday at Nusz Park will receive a special “1st Gameday” or “Birthday” button.
 
Junior PA Announcer
A young Bulldog fan will have the opportunity to be the PA announcer during the bottom of the third inning, announcing their favorite Bulldog batters and helping lead the fans at Nusz Park in cheering on the Dogs.
 
Second Base Delivery
One fan will help deliver second base out onto the field 30 minutes prior to first pitch, helping get the field at Nusz Park set for Bulldog softball.
 
Videoboard Messages
With this memory, you can broadcast a special message to someone for their birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions on the videoboard for everyone to see.
 
Up Next…
The Bulldogs will look to take their third-straight SEC series on Monday, as they host No. 24 Arkansas in the series finale. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT, with the contest being nationally televised on SEC Network.
 
Social Media…
For more on Mississippi State softball, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “HailStateSB.” You can also find all-access coverage of the program on SnapChat by searching for “HailStateSnap”.

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