Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs blow early lead
Arkansas catcher Jake Wise tags out Mississippi's Brantley Bell (28) at home plate during an NCAA college baseball game at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning)
FAYETTEVILLE A four-run first inning was not enough for Arkansas Saturday afternoon.
The Razorbacks gave up seven unanswered runs and fell to No. 11 Ole Miss 7-4, dropping three games below .500 in SEC play.
The quick start was fueled by six hits, including a two-run single by Eric Fisher and a pair of RBI-singles by Tyler Spoon and Blake Baxendale.
Ole Miss responded with a three-run first inning off Arkansas starter Jalen Beeks.
The Rebels then took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning thanks to three bunt singles and an error.
Beeks lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits. It was his second-shortest start of the season.
He pitched only 3 1/3 innings before rain delayed Arkansas' game against Alabama March 21.
Jake Wise left the game after a collision at home in the bottom of the first inning. He was replaced by Baxendale, meaning the Razorbacks lost their designated hitter and forcing Beeks and the rest of Arkansas' pitchers to bat.
Arkansas looks to avoid being swept for the first time in its last 25 SEC series Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.