– The University of Arkansas softball team opened its 2014 home schedule Thursday with wins over Jackson State and Butler at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks posted winning scores of 8-0 and 8-1, respectively, to get to 4-3 through the first seven games of the season. During the two games, Arkansas hitters combined for five home runs while pitchers Grace Moll
and Kimmy Beasley
totaled 18 strikeouts.GAME 1 vs. Jackson State:
After two scoreless innings, the Razorbacks tallied the first run of the day with a solo home run by Devon Wallace
. The big fly was the first of the season for Wallace and second hit of the game as she led off the game with a double. Later in the inning, Arkansas worked the bases loaded with the help of a JSU error and two hit batters. Parker Pocklington
delivered with a bases-clearing double to left center.
Moll, in her second career start, struck out eight hitters and held the Tigers to just one hit and no runs in five innings. Back at the plate, Arkansas tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. With the score standing at 6-1 and a runner on second, Jayme Gee
lined a ball down the left-field line and over the fence to clinch the Razorbacks’ five-inning win.GAME 2 vs. Butler:Kasey Fagan
was 4-for-4 in the second game including an RBI triple in the first inning to start the Arkansas scoring. She came around to score on a base hit by Clarisa Navarro
to give the Razorbacks an early two-run lead. Overall, Arkansas had a season-high 12 hits against the Bulldogs with at least one hit from seven different players. After a sacrifice fly scored a run in the third, Pocklington launched her first of two home runs with a solo shot to lead off the third. She and pinch hitter Amanda Geile
each had solo home runs in the sixth frame.
In the circle, Beasley notched an Arkansas season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed just two Butler hits. The Bulldogs scored their only run in the top of the sixth but stranded runners on first and third when Beasley posted her eighth strikeout of the game. The Foreman, Ark., native struck out the first two hitters in the seventh and got Audrey Hiner to foul out to end the game.@RazorbackSB Notables
• Arkansas is now 17-1 against the rest of the Arkansas Invitational field: Butler (4-0), Jackson State (5-0) and UMKC (8-1); will play St. John’s for the first time in program history.
• Devon Wallace
hit the 29th home run of her career, moves into tie for second place on program’s all-time list with Sandra Smith (2006-10); run scored was the 99th of her career.
• Combined line Thursday for Kimmy Beasley
and Grace Moll
: 12 IP, 18 K, 5 BB, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 CG, .079 opp BA, 0.58 ERA
• Jayme Gee
hit Arkansas’ second walk-off home run of the season in game one against Jackson State; Claire Clark
hit the first Feb. 8 vs. San Diego.
• Parker Pocklington
’s two-HR game is the 20th in program history, and first since Clarisa Navarro
hit two against UMKC last season (March 27, 2013).
• Arkansas’ lead-off hitter reached base in eight of the offense’s 11 innings at the plate Thursday.@RazorbackSB Tweetables
• .@RazorbackSB plays St. John’s Friday at 4p on day two of the Arkansas Invitational at #BoglePark. #WPS
• Beasley/Moll (combined Thursday): 12 IP, 18 K, 5 BB, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 CG, .079 opp BA, 0.58 ERA #WPS
• Parker Pocklington
had 20th two-HR game in program history Thursday v Butler; first since teammate Clarisa Navarro
did it in 2013. #WPS
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