– The No. 24 University of Arkansas softball team closed out day one of the Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic with a 10-6 win over Drake at Bogle Park. The win earned the team a split on the day after an earlier 7-6 loss to Stephen F. Austin. The Razorbacks hit four home runs over the two games including back-to-back shots from Jennifer Rambo
and Devon Wallace
in the finale. With Friday’s results, Arkansas is now 14-4 on the season.
Arkansas returns to the field Saturday to face Louisiana Tech at 11:30 a.m. (CT). Following the morning slate—Drake and Stephen F. Austin play at 9 a.m.—team standings will dictate the matchups for the third-place and championship games which will be played Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
GAME 1 vs. Stephen F. Austin
The teams combined for 11 of the game’s 13 runs over the final three innings including a three-run seventh by SFA to rally past the Razorbacks for the victory. The loss snapped Arkansas’ 11-game winning streak which stands as the longest run under head coach Mike Larabee
. Jayme Gee
capped a four-run fifth inning with a two-run homer to give the home team a 5-2 lead but the Ladyjacks answered with five runs in the last two innings for the come-from-behind win.
In addition to Gee’s home run, Chloe Oprzedek
scored the team’s first run with a solo shot in the fourth. She and Clarisa Navarro
each had two hits to lead the team’s offensive output. Wallace added to her SEC-leading total with two walks in the game. She was one of three players to earn two free passes as the team drew 11 walks from SFA starter Carlie Thomas. Arkansas now has three games this season in which it has collected at least 10 walks.
GAME 2 vs. Drake
For the fourth-consecutive game, the Razorbacks found themselves in a rally situation after Drake scored three runs in the top of the third. Arkansas answered immediately with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, capping the frame with a two-run double off the bat of Amanda Geile
. The team turned a three-run lead into a six-run advantage after the home runs by Rambo and Wallace in the sixth.
entered the circle in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and replied with a groundball out and two strikeouts to limit the damage to one run and close out the game. Stephanie Canfield
had a team-high three hits and led all players with three RBI. Five Razorbacks had at least two hits in the game and Rambo scored a team-leading three runs against the Bulldogs. The game was Arkansas’ ninth with at least 10 runs scored.
• All-time series vs. Drake: Arkansas leads 9-3 with wins in last five meetings
• Arkansas has scored at least eight runs in each win this season; scored at least 10 runs in nine of those wins
• Devon Wallace
continues to move closer to school record (43 HRs) with her 32 career long ball Friday
• Wallace is now 29 walks shy of the SEC career record of 184 set by Alisa Goler (2008-11) of Georgia
• Chloe Oprzedek
is now tied with teammate Amanda Geile
for seventh place on program list with 18 career home runs
• Jennifer Rambo
is now tied with Kayla Johnson (2006-09) for ninth place on program list with 17 career home runs
• Friday night’s win was the 494th in program history