Flagg sliced a 1-2 fastball from Welker with two-outs in the seventh inning into the right-center field gap for a double that would be the only two runs the Bulldogs would need to clinch a series win.
Mitch Moreland broke up Welker’s no-hitter on the first pitch of the seventh inning with a double down the left-field line. Welker then got Brian LaNinfa to fly out to center field but Joseph McCaskill followed with a single to right field to put runners on first and third base. Welker fanned his career-high 11th MSU hitter for the second out of the seventh inning before Flagg came through with the big hit.
The Bulldogs, who improve to 21-7 on the season and 7-4 in SEC play, have now won nine of their last 10 games at Baum Stadium dating back to the 2001 season. The Razorbacks fall to 24-10 on the year and 7-4 in league action. The loss also marked the first time this season UA has lost back-to-back games.
It was the second hard-luck loss for Welker (4-2) in his last three starts. He allowed just three hits to the Bulldogs the entire game – all in the seventh inning. Welker has posted a 2.49 ERA over his last three starts, pitching 21.2 innings with 18 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .167.
Danny Hamblin followed with a sharp one-hopper up the middle that was head for center field. But it glanced off the pitcher’s glove and right to the shortstop, who turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Forsythe once again paced the Hogs’ offense, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He has now hit in seven straight games and 27 of his last 30.
The Razorbacks will look to avoid a sweep at 1:35 p.m. Sunday from Baum Stadium.