– Kasey Fagan
was 3-for-3 at the plate including her eighth home run of the year but the University of Arkansas softball team lost Sunday’s series finale to South Carolina, 6-4. In her first start against a conference foe this season, Kimmy Beasley
posted her fourth complete-game effort of the season. With Sunday’s result, Arkansas drops to 25-20 overall and 3-12 in Southeastern Conference play.
Fagan and Clarisa Navarro
both drove in two runs to account for the Razorbacks’ scoring. South Carolina (28-15, 8-10 SEC) scored in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 4-0 lead. The offense was held to two hits through the first four innings before Navarro capped the fifth frame with a two-run base hit up the middle to score Jennifer Rambo
and Devon Wallace
The Gamecocks built their lead to four again with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. Arkansas responded in its half of the frame with two runs of its own on the long ball off the bat of Fagan. The blast also scored pinch runner Ashley Martindale
who was in for Amanda Geile
who led off the inning with a single. The top of the lineup was retired in order in the seventh to end the game.
Beasley struck out four South Carolina hitters in her second seven-inning complete game of the season, and first since Feb. 13 against Butler. She allowed nine hits and five runs—four earned—and worked around a one-out double in the fifth when Geile gloved a fly out and fired the ball to third to cut down the runner trying to advance.
The Razorbacks will play their next six conference games on the road beginning next weekend with a three-game set at No. 11 Kentucky in Lexington. Games one and two of the series with the Wildcats will be televised by Fox Sports. The Razorbacks’ next home game is April 30, their re-scheduled matchup with No. 13/19 Oklahoma.
• Single-season team total of 49 home runs is fifth highest in program history
• Kimmy Beasley
pitched fourth complete game in first SEC start of the season
• Kasey Fagan
collected her eighth multi-hit game of the season
o Tied for team lead (Navarro) with 10 multi-RBI games this season
• Jayme Gee
threw out SEC-leading 12th base runner of the season to end the second inning
• Clarisa Navarro
is now tied with Whitney Cloer
(2006-09) for 10th in program history with 164 career hits
o Tied for team lead (Fagan) with 10 multi-RBI games this season
• Devon Wallace
moved into sole possession of 10th place in NCAA history with 181 career walks
o Three shy of SEC career record
• With fifth-inning intentional walk, Devon Wallace
extended streak of reaching base to 19 games
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