COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The University of Arkansas softball team fell to the Texas A&M Aggies, 7-3 , on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
Arkansas (19-9) was led at the plate by a pair of freshman, Nicole Schroeder
, she went 3-for-3, and Stephanie Canfield
, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Chloe Oprzedek
had the big hit of the day as she hit a two-run homer in the third inning.
“We had a difficult game,” head coach Mike Larabee
said. “I like the way we battled back, but, it is really difficult to beat one of the top five teams in the country when you give them a five-run inning.”
A&M jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning as all five runs came with two outs. Mel Dumezich started the rally with a triple off of the rightfield wall that scored Nicole Morgan from first. Cali Lanphear and Jenna Stark then followed with back-to-back doubles to score two more. This ended starter Hope McLemore
’s day as she was responsible for four runs. Kimmy Beasley
then entered the game to face Amber Garza. She belted the second pitch over the leftfield wall, this put the Aggies ahead 5-0 at the end of the first.
Schroeder started the second inning by hitting the first pitch into leftfield for a single. However, the Hogs were unable to hit the lead runner home as the next three batters were retired by Aggie starter Lauren Ainsley.
Beasley rallied in the second as she struck out Meagan May and Morgan to end the inning. She finished the game with six strikeouts.
Arkansas gave its pitcher some run support in the third as Canfield singled with two outs. She came around to score when Oprzedek belted her seventh homerun of the year over the centerfield wall. This made the score 5-2, Aggies.
The sophomore relief pitcher for the Hogs continued to cruise through the Aggie lineup as she struck out Dumezich and Lanphear to start the bottom of the third. She then worked an 0-2 count to Stark and got her to groundout to the shortstop, Clarisa Navarro
Megan May gave the Aggies a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth as she ripped a two-run single into centerfield after forcing a 3-2 count. Taran Tyler and Brittany Clopton came across the plate to give A&M a five-run lead.
started the fifth with a single to rightfield and two batters later Canfield walked to put two runners on with one out for the Hogs. However, the inning ended with back-to-back lineouts from Oprzedek and Navarro to rightfield.
Beasley got back-to-back popouts from Dumezich and Lanphear to start the bottom of the fifth. Stark then belted a ball deep into centerfield. Claire Clark
made a nice play as she ran it down and caught the ball with her back on the wall to retire the side in order.
Garza continued her nice day at the plate as she belted a triple into rightfield to start the bottom of the sixth. Beasley then got Tyler and Clopton to tap out to the circle. This brought up pinch hitting Sydney Shannon with two outs and a runner on third. Beasley got the senior to chase an off-speed pitch and struck her out to end the inning.
Arkansas tried to mount a comeback in the seventh as Wallace notched her SEC-leading 38th walk of the season. Canfield followed the walk with a double to centerfield that scored Wallace. This cut the lead to four at 7-3. However, Ainsley battled back and struck out Oprzedek and Navarro to end the game.
Next up for the Razorbacks will be the conclusion of the series against Texas A&M. Game three will start at 12 p.m. tomorrow from College Station.