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Arkansas Baseball drowned by Ole Miss 1-2

Officially slumping

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Arkansas vs Virginia Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Baseball season is long, and sustained success at anything is really hard. After blowing a series win on Saturday night against LSU in early April, it seemed the Hogs had things back under control winning 6 games straight including a sweep over Georgia.

Auburn Series

I wasn’t able to recap the Auburn series last week due to a crazy work schedule and a work conference all going on at the same time. The Hogs traveled to Auburn with a 1-game lead in the SEC. Winning one game would assure them of a tie and two games would put them on top.

For the opener, some fans were optimistic with Auburn’s starting Friday pitcher sidelined. However, Blaine Knight was tagged with 5 runs in the first inning, and that Razorback bats never got going.

Game two saw Auburn get another quick lead at 3-0, but the Bullpen stepped up and shut Auburn down for the rest of the game as the Arkansas offense scored 7 runs.

Game three saw Arkansas lose it’s 2nd rubber game in a row after winning the first two in the season. Auburn was able to take a 4-1 lead, but the Hogs saw the game tied at 6-6 before giving up a 3-run 7th and a 2-run 8th without having an answer.

Ole Miss Series

Wild weather forced a Friday Double header to accompany the Ole MIss Series.

Game 1 on Thursday night saw the Hogs right in the middle of things down 2-1 at the start of the 8th thanks to superb pitching by Blaine Knight, but Ole Miss scored 7 runs in the final two frames to make the final score 9-1.

The Double header on Friday could’ve been disastrous, but Van Horn felt like game three was the biggest game of the year. After going down 4-1 in game 2, and being down early in game three, the Hogs came back to win 7-4.

Big Picture

Arkansas still has the best overall record in the SEC and is only a game behind Auburn and Mississippi State in the SEC West standings at 13-8. The Hogs won’t have any more midweek games this season, and they should get a break in the level of play they prepare to play Tennessee in Knoxville starting on Thursday. Tennessee is below .500 in SEC play and only a game ahead of Georgia in the SEC East Standings.