Florida faces Arkansas in the second SEC Baseball Tournament semifinal today at 3 p.m. from the Hoover Met.
"I thought we were in a little lull there for a while", Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said.
Arkansas' Chad Spanberger crushes a 2-run homer to right for a 2-0 lead.
Even while allowing five walks, Razorback pitchers Dominic Taccolini, Matt Cronin and Josh Alberius did not give up a hit through seven innings, after which the tournament's 10-run mercy rule went into effect.
Mississippi State (36-24), which opened the tournament with victories against Georgia and Arkansas, lost a pair of games Friday on its way out of the bracket.
After using Calvin Coker and Cole Lipscomb in the 5-4 loss to Florida in game that ended at 1:05 a.m. Thursday morning, Auburn's bullpen ran into trouble as Andrew Mitchell and Gabe Klobosits allowed four runs while getting just three combined outs.
Gators center fielder Ryan Larson was hit by a pitch on the ear flap of his helmet as the game's leadoff batter by Mississippi State's Cole Gordon.
Billingsley walked Spanberger on four pitches with two outs in the third, then issued him an intentional pass with two outs in the fifth.
True freshman Tigers starter Davis Daniel surrendered both those home runs, but performed well against the rest of the Arkansas lineup through three innings: Whereas Spanberger was 2 for 2, the other eight batters in the order were 2 for 11 with five strikeouts. "It's kind of hard to believe looking back that seven walks and we can't score a run or eventually get a hit". "He wound up hitting a fastball, a changeup and a breaking ball". Lovelady hobbled around for a bit, but got back in and delivered a single to center field.
After being crushed 19-1 by Kentucky in their first meeting of the season, SC rebounded to win two of their next three against the powerful Wildcats, including 3-1 in Friday's elimination game. He and Luke Bonfield are the only Razorbacks with 20 or more multi-hit games this year.
Coupled with another great start on the mound by sophomore Blaine Knight, the Razorbacks scored nine runs on 10 hits against the Bulldogs, including a six-run sixth inning that provided Knight plenty of support.
MSU was held at bay from there until Brown hit his seventh home run of the season in the seventh inning.