Mississippi State 6, No. 3 Arkansas 5, college baseball final

For Starkville Daily News

The comeback had to be really super for Mississippi State Friday night.

It was just that.

Battling one of the nation’s best teams and best pitchers, MSU stayed patient and eventually erased a five-run deficit to topple No. 3 Arkansas in the opening game of a Super Bulldog Weekend three-game Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.

A crowd of 7,303 were treated to a stirring comeback in the first-ever Super Bulldog Weekend game played at the new stadium. The Bulldogs scored three times in the sixth inning and three times in the eighth inning.

“It was a great win for our team and for our fans,” MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. “JP France comes in down five runs and retires every batter he faced. A lot of credit to our position kids. They hung in there and kept battling. After Luke Alexander hit the home run, the kids just really came together. It was a good night for our kids and fans.”

On the mound, JP France (2-1) was perfect in 4.0 innings of relief, and downed 12 batters via the strikeout. Rowdey Jordan also had a sparkling catch for the second out of the ninth inning from his left field position.

MSU improved to 20-19 overall and 6-10 in league play, while Arkansas fell to 28-11 and 10-6.

For a complete recap of the game, see the coverage by Joel Coleman in Saturday's printed edition of The Starkville Daily News or keep reading starkvilledailynews.com.