– The University of Arkansas softball team fell to the Florida Gators,8-0, in five innings and 5-2, on Friday in Gainesville, Fla. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Arkansas (21-12) was led at the plate by freshman Stephanie Canfield
, who went 3-for-4 in game two. She also scored a run in game two. Clarisa Navarro
notched two of the Hogs’ seven hits in the game, including an RBI single.
“The first game was disappointing,” head coach Mike Larabee
said. “I challenged our team to come out and compete in game two and they did. I thought we did a pretty good job in the second game of the night.”
Game one began with Florida scoring in the first as Kristi Merritt walked with one out. The Gators’ most dangerous hitter, Lauren Haeger, then turned on a 3-2 pitch and hit a two-run homer to leftfield. Bailey Castro followed the bomb with a walk and then scored two batters later when Stephanie Tofft doubled to rightfield. Her ninth double of the year gave Florida a 3-0 lead after one.
Beasley battled back in the second as she got Katie Medina to groundout to third for out number one. The sophomore then struck out Aubree Munro on three pitches. She repeated the effort and took down Stewart with an off-speed pitch that retired the side in order.
The Gators added two more runs in the fourth as Merritt singled home Aubree Munro from second. Haeger followed the single with a double and her third RBI of the day. The two runs came with two outs and made the score 5-0, Florida.
The Hogs tried to mount a comeback in the top of the fifth as Navarro lined a one-out hit up the middle. Amanda Geile
followed the single with a hit of her own and it put two on for Sierra Bronkey
. She turned on the first pitch and lined the ball to the first-baseman, Taylor Schwarz. She stabbed the ball out of the air and then tagged the pinch-running Alyssa Bass
to end the top of the fifth.
Florida notched back-to-back singles from Briana Little and Stephanie Tofft to start the bottom of the fifth. After a sacrifice bunt from Schwartz, Beasley faced a runners at second and third and one out situation. She battled Medina and got her to pop out behind homeplate. The sophomore pitcher then worked a 3-2 count to Munro and got her to chase a changeup that ended the inning.Devon Wallace
extended her reached base streak to 32 games in the sixth inning when she reached base on a strikeout. Stephanie Canfield
followed her at-bat by blooping a two-out single down the leftfield line. This put two runners on, but Chloe Oprzedek
popped out to end the top of the sixth.
Kelsey Stewart led off the bottom of the sixth by notching her first hit of the day. She came around to score when a wild pitch got away from Jayme Gee
later in the inning. This gave Florida a 6-0 lead in the sixth. Schwarz ended the game with a two-out, bases loaded double and gave the Gators an 8-0 win in six innings.
Game two’s start fared differently for the Hogs. Canfield started the scoring as she notched a one-out hit to leftfield. She came around to score when Schroeder rocketed a ball past the shortstop and into the leftfield wall. Schroeder’s double gave Arkansas its first lead of the game. Navarro added to the lead on the next pitch when she hit a bloop single to center that scored Schroeder. Arkansas led after the top of the first, 2-0.
The game two starter, Cohen, used the offensive momentum in the bottom of the first. Stewart started the inning by soaring a ball to rightfield. Canfield used her speed to run down the ball on the warning track. Cohen then got Merritt to strikeout swinging and after a walk to Haeger, got Castro to chase a 3-2 pitch and pop out to retire the side.
Florida gained the lead in the top of the third when Merritt tripled to leftfield and then scored three batters later when Little singled to left. Kelsey Horton extended the lead when she plated Little and Haeger on a double. This gave Florida a 3-2 lead after three.
The Gators continued to score in the fourth when Stewart started the bottom of the inning with a single. Two batters later, Haeger walked and then Little doubled both Gators home. The two-out, two-bagger gave Florida a 5-2 lead.
The Hogs notched a leadoff runner in the fifth when Jayme Gee
walked. Ashley Martindale
then pinch ran and advanced to second when Canfield roped her third hit of the game into leftfield. However, Arkansas was unable to hit either runner home.
Cohen worked out of another jam in the fifth when Horton hit her second double of the game to start the bottom of the fifth. Ensley Gammel pinch ran for Horton and then reached third when Stewart legged out an infield single. This loaded the bases for Merritt with one out. Cohen worked a 2-2 count and then got Merritt to pop out. This brought up Haeger, who had walked three times in the game on 12 pitches. Cohen battled the sophomore and got her to strikeout looking on an off-speed pitch that ended the fifth inning.
Navarro notched a one-out, infield single in the top of the sixth. She moved to third after back-to-back walks from Jennifer Rambo
and Bronkey. Arkansas was unable to do anything with the bases juiced as they left their seventh runner on base.
The Razorbacks had another nice inning defensively in the sixth as Rambo caught a towering fly ball from Munro for out number one with her back on the wall. The second out followed from Little as she grounded out to Bronkey at second. Cohen then got Tofft to soar a ball into leftfield. Rambo made a charging and diving grab in foul territory as her face hit the dirt and she retired the side.
Wallace grounded out to first to start the seventh inning. The putout ended her 32-game reached base streak to start the 2013 season. Canfield grounded out and then Oprzedek went down swinging to end the game and give Florida a 5-2 win.
Next up, the Razorbacks will conclude their eight-game road trip with game three at the University of Florida. Game three will begin at 2 p.m. CT, Saturday.