– The University of Arkansas softball team registered an 11-10 win over South Carolina Friday night at Bogle Park to snap a four-game skid. Jennifer Rambo
, on her Senior Day, scored the game-winning run on a high chopper off the bat of Stephanie Canfield
to clinch the victory. The Razorbacks improve to 25-18 overall with the win and pick up their third conference victory.
Arkansas jumped out to a big lead after an eight-run first inning that was punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Devon Wallace
in her second at-bat of the frame. It was her second grand slam of the season and third of her career, all of which have come during SEC play. Wallace finished the game 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored.
South Carolina (26-15, 6-10 SEC) began to chip away at the Razorback lead with four runs in the third inning and pulled to within one with another four-spot in the top of the six. The Gamecocks were paced by a two-homer performance by Kaylea Snaer, including a grand slam in the sixth. Arkansas scored runs in the fourth and fifth but the scoreboard read 10-10 after the visitors plated the game-tying run in the top of the seventh.
Rambo led off the Razorbacks’ half of the seventh with a walk to reach base for the third time in the game. Wallace knocked a single off the pitcher’s glove and Rambo moved up to third on an errant throw to first. On the first pitch of her at-bat, Stephanie Canfield
bounced a high chopper for an infield single that allowed Rambo to slide across the plate for the game winner.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Razorbacks honored Rambo during the team’s second of six Senior Day celebrations this season. Arkansas will recognize Chloe Oprzedek
before Saturday’s game. The middle game of the weekend series will also be televised by CST with first pitch set for 1:07 p.m. (CT). Bernie Guenther and Megan Bush will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively.
• Arkansas broke school record for runs in a single season, has now scored 315 runs
• Arkansas hit its third grand slam of the season, second during SEC play
• Scored at least eight runs in 22 of 43 games this season; 21-1 in those games
o Scored 10 or more runs in 13 games
• Scored five or more runs in one inning for the 20th time this season
• Senior Day Heroics
o Navarro vs. No. 2/4 Tennessee (March 15): drove in game winner with double in seventh
o Rambo vs. South Carolina (April 11): scored three runs including game winner
• Stephanie Canfield
collected her 50th hit of the single on game-winning single
• Chloe Oprzedek
scored her 95th career run in the first inning
• Jennifer Rambo
scored three times including game-winning run on her Senior Day
• Devon Wallace
becomes seventh player in program history to record 100 career RBI
o Currently tied for sixth place with Whitney Cloer
(2006-09) at 101 career RBI
• Devon Wallace
is now in sole possession of 12th place in NCAA history with 179 career walks
o Five shy of tying SEC career record.
• With first-inning single, Devon Wallace
extended streak of reaching base to 17 games
• Saturday’s game v South Carolina will be #SeniorDay for Chloe Oprzedek
• Saturday’s game v South Carolina will be televised by CST, first pitch at 1p #WPS
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