No. 10 Arkansas takes series with Miss. State 12-5

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FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks had four different hitters record multi-hit games as they took the series from the Mississippi State Bulldogs 12-5 Friday night at Baum-Walker Stadium.

The Hogs now own a 29-10 overall record with an 11-6 mark in Southeastern Conference play. As a result, they own sole possession of second place in the SEC West. The win also gives Arkansas its seventh consecutive home series win over the Bulldogs since 2007.

Catcher Casey Opitz went 3-of-5 with three RBI, all from a bases-clearing single in the seventh inning. Going back the last three games, Opitz has gone 7-of-12 with six RBI and a home run.

“That just shows the grit this team has,” said Opitz. “Even though we really didn’t have the weekend we wanted at Vandy, we came back and we worked on some things and got right back after it. I think that’s what it takes to be good in this league.”

Infielder Casey Martin went 2-of-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. The sophomore blasted a grand slam in the second inning, the first of his career, and eighth homer of the season.

“That’s all we’ve been doing,” said Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. “That’s all we’re doing in practice. It’s pretty obvious what we need to do, and then it’s up to them to do it. Buy in, and Casey’s done a great job. He’s raised his average in the last four or five games because he’s hit the ball through the middle. It’s good to see.”

The Hogs and Bulldogs finish the series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch from Baum-Walker Stadium. Pregame is at 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 1400 AM.

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