Columbia, S.C.-The Arkansas softball team won its first conference game of the season defeating South Carolina 5-4 in eight innings, improving its overall record to 17-4 and 1-2 in the SEC.
In their first road conference game of the 2012 season the Razorbacks had nine hits with four of them being homeruns. The four homeruns hit by Devon Wallace
, Clarisa Navarro
, Chloe Oprzedek
and Andrea Sullivan
, ties the single game record for homeruns as a team, last time being in 2010 against Kentucky.
"I was very proud of the girls tonight," said Head Coach Mike Larabee
Arkansas got on the board first in the top of the third when Wallace blasted the first of the four homeruns on the night, over the left center field wall to give the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead.
South Carolina responded in the bottom of the fourth bringing in one run and tying the game at one.
The second homerun of the game came in the top of the fifth from Navarro when she cleared the centerfield wall, giving the Razorbacks the 2-1 lead.
The Gamecocks once again answered tying the game after a single, a sacrifice bunt and another single advanced a runner home. South Carolina took the lead in the bottom of the sixth after a runner was walked and brought in off of a double.
Oprzedek recorded her fourth homerun on the season in the top of the seventh, bringing home Wallace as well as giving Arkansas the 4-3 lead.
The Gamecocks would not go away and answered again in the bottom of the seventh bringing one runner in, tying the game at four and forcing extra innings.
In the top of the seventh, Sullivan recorded her first homerun and hit as a Razorback when she blasted the ball over the center field wall giving Arkansas the 5-4 lead.
"Andrea is a really special hitter," said Larabee
The Gamecocks could not respond in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Razorbacks the 5-4 victory. Kimmy Beasley
got the start in the circle throwing a solid 6.1 innings while recording 3 strikeouts. Chelsea Cohen
came in to the game in the bottom of the seventh and threw 1.2 innings collecting the win and improving her overall season record to 10-4.
"I thought Chelsea was in command tonight," said Larabee. "She came in and closed the game like a veteran."
The Razorbacks are back in action in the second game of the three game series with South Carolina tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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