The Arkansas Razorbacks led most of the way Thursday in their opening game of the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover, Ala., but the Hogs surrendered the lead on a no-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning against Mississippi State that gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 victory.
The Razorbacks (39-16) return to action at approximately 4:30 p.m. today to face Auburn (35-23) in an elimination game.
After getting a solid start by Trevor Stephan on the mound, the Razorbacks’ bullpen melted down. The Hogs used five pitchers in the ninth inning alone.
Luke Bonfield’s two-run home run gave the Hogs a lead in the first inning, and Arkansas went up 3-0 in the second, but would not score the rest of the game.
Mississippi State chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to trail 3-2 going into the ninth when poor pitching allowed the game to slip away.