Polks Final Game
STARKVILLE, Miss -- Mississippi State mounted a spirited comeback, but fell 15-10 to Arkansas in the final college baseball game of the regular season Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 5,489 at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs erased a 9-2 deficit and actually held a 10-9 lead going into the seventh inning. Alas, the Razorbacks scored once in the seventh inning, three times in the eighth inning and twice more in the ninth inning to salvage the final game of the weekend Southeastern Conference series.
Saturday's contest capped the 40-year coaching career of MSU head coach Ron Polk. Polk was the head man 29 seasons in Starkville, completing two different stints of duty with the Maroon and White. Polk finishes a 35-year head coaching career with an overall record of 1,373-700-2 - good for seventh all-time on the NCAA Division I list for all-time victories.
"Now is the right time to move on," Polk said. "There comes a time where everybody has to do something else. There are so many memories from my time here. I want to thank the players and my assistant coaches for a wonderful ride."
Inside are photos from Craig Jackson on the day in Starkville ...