FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas softball team picked up its fourth win of the fall season with a 23-0 advantage over Seminole State College on Wednesday evening, Oct. 6, at Bogle Park.
The first inning brought in four runs from the top of Arkansas’ lineup. Freshmen Maci Burr and Tori Mort led the way as each singled and came around to score the first two for Arkansas. Burr scored on an RBI by Mort. Seniors Becca Carden and Layne McGuirt were right behind the freshmen for the next two runs.
"We always talk about setting the tone with the team and we were able to do that in the first inning," head coach Mike Larabee said. "We caused a lot of chaos with the short game."
Sophomore Chelsea Cohen opened the game for Arkansas with four complete innings and earning two strikeouts. Senior Kim Jones and sophomore Hope McLemore each worked two innings for the Razorbacks. Jones tallied two strikeouts in the sixth and McLemore closed out the game for the Hogs as she stepped into the circle in the seventh with two strikeouts and no hits allowed.
"Our pitchers all came out and did a nice job for us and we didn’t have any errors on defense," Larabee said. "I thought communication was a lot better today. That’s one of the things we really worked on this week and our kids took that to heart and really competed well."
Scoreless second and third innings brought freshman Jennifer Rambo to the plate in the bottom the fourth. She singled to left field and rounded the bases when junior Brittany Griffiths picked up the first homerun of the fall season at Bogle Park and the first on the game.
The Razorbacks scored three more runs in the fifth off a walk and two singles. A triple by Sierra Bronkey freshman Meg McGuirt brought in sophomore Linnea Ketcher for her second run of the game and made way for the second homerun of the evening. Freshman Amanda Geile blasted a homer to the right side for her first homerun as a Razorback.
The seventh was no less exciting as eight Hogs scored to bring the final score of the night to 23-0 for Arkansas. Meg McGuirt and Ketcher had three runs each while three other Razorbacks had two apiece.
This is the third game that the Razorbacks have scored more than 20 runs while not allowing a single run against their opponent. The first was against Texarkana College with a 23-0 final score and last week, the Hogs crossed the plate 26 times versus Crowder College.
Next on the schedule for Arkansas is a doubleheader with Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oct. 9. Game one is set for 1 p.m. at Bogle Park. After OSU, the Razorbacks wrap up the fall season with Northeast Oklahoma State A&M on Wednesday, Oct. 13.