Mississippi State Up Next

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Coming off back-to-back top-15 SEC series wins, No. 11 Arkansas (24-9) travels to Starkville, Miss., for a showdown against Mississippi State (23-10) on March 31-April 2 at Nusz Park. First pitch in the three-game set between the Razorbacks and Bulldogs is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday on SEC Network+.

The Schedule
Friday, March 31
Arkansas at Mississippi State – 4 p.m. – SEC Network+Live Stats
Saturday, April 1
Arkansas at Mississippi State – 2 p.m. – SEC Network+Live Stats
Sunday, April 2
Arkansas at Mississippi State – 12 p.m. – SEC Network+Live Stats

HAWWWWWWWWWgs on the Road
The Hogs are chasing their 10th consecutive SEC road series victory as they trek to Starkville this weekend. Having won their last nine SEC road series, their last SEC road series loss was at Alabama on March 6-8, 2020. Additionally, seven of Arkansas’ last nine conference road series victories have come against top-25 teams, including two top-10 decisions.The Razorbacks have won 10 of their last 11 SEC series, dating back to the 2021 season. Arkansas won all eight series in 2022 before their streak was snapped vs. Texas A&M on March 12.

Arkansas on the Road in the SEC 

Dates Opponent Result
March 18-20, 2023 at #13 Alabama 2-1 series win
May 6-8, 2022 at Texas A&M 2-1 series win
April 22-24 at #9 Florida 3-0 series sweep
April 1-3, 2022 at Ole Miss 2-1 series win
March 18-20, 2022 at #10 Tennessee 2-1 series win
May 1-3, 2021 at #14 LSU 2-1 series win
April 16-18, 2021 at #20 Georgia 3-0 series sweep
April 1-3, 2021 at #25 Auburn 3-0 series sweep
March 12-14, 2021 at #20 South Carolina 3-0 series sweep
*remainder of 2020 season canceled
March 6-8, 2020 at #9 Alabama 1-2 series loss

The Series                                                         
While Mississippi State holds a 32-38 series edge over the Razorbacks, Arkansas brings a six-game win streak vs. the Bulldogs to Nusz Park Friday. It’ll be the first meeting between the two teams since March 26-28, 2021, when Arkansas swept the Bulldogs in Fayetteville. Arkansas has swept Mississippi State in the last two meetings. The Hogs visit Starkville for the first time since April 22-24, 2017. Arkansas is chasing its first series victory vs. Mississippi State in Starkville since the 2009 season when the Hogs swept the Bulldogs in a three-game set. Arkansas has three series wins in Starkville, dating back 1997 – 1997 (won three in a four-game series), 2003 (2-1 series win) and 2009 (3-0 series sweep).

Last Time Out                                                   
It was another historic weekend at Bogle Park with Arkansas clinching the program’s first series win vs. No. 10 Florida at Bogle Park. Taking the series opener on March 24, 6-2, the Hogs collected their first win vs. Florida at Bogle Park. For the first time in history, Arkansas has won two-straight series vs. the Gators. The Razorbacks also claimed the program’s first SEC series win vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa on March 18-20. In a historic rubber match on Monday, March 20, reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year and redshirt senior RHP Chenise Delce tossed a career high 10 innings and 172 pitches en route to the 2-1 win.

Rylin’s Big Bat
Redshirt junior Rylin Hedgecock (.355 BA, .871 SLG, .470 OBP, 33 H, 25 R, 14 HR, 42 RBI, 81 TB) ties for second nationally and first in the SEC in home runs after blasting 14 so far. Hedgecock sits fifth nationally in home runs per game (0.42). The Valdosta, Ga., product has also driven in the fifth-most runs in the nation (42).

Delce Domination
Redshirt senior RHP Chenise Delce (13-4) has recorded four straight top-15 wins. The Oklahoma City native has decisions against opponents currently ranked inside ESPN.com/USA Softball’s top-25, including Alabama (twice), Florida (twice), Arizona (twice), Baylor, Louisiana and Texas A&M. Delce’s 13 wins this season tie for 10th nationally.

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