– The University of Arkansas softball team opened its weekend road trip Friday with a 6-4 victory over Mississippi State. The Razorbacks were paced by home runs from Jayme Gee
and Amanda Geile
and a strong relief appearance from Kelly Young
. With Friday’s result, Arkansas improves to 27-22 overall and 5-14 in conference play. Game two of the weekend set is scheduled for Saturday at noon (CT).
Gee put the Razorbacks on the scoreboard first with a two-run shot to left field in the second inning, scoring Kasey Fagan
on the play ahead of her. The home run was her sixth of the season. She finished the game with a season-high three hits. Arkansas added three more runs in the third, capping the frame with another two-run homer from Geile. The inning got started with back-to-back doubles from Stephanie Canfield
and Clarisa Navarro
Canfield drove in the team’s sixth and final run with a single in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, the sophomore outfielder dropped a single into right center to plate Parker Pocklington
. Canfield reached base in her first three plate appearances Friday.
Young entered the game with two outs in the fourth and a runner on first. After walking her first hitter face, she got a fly ball to retire the side and get out of the inning. During her 3.1 inning of work, Young allowed just three hits and didn’t allow any runs. Her two strikeouts came against the final two hitters of Friday’s game to earn her second relief win of the year and first since March 25.
Following its weekend’s trip to Starkville, Arkansas will return to Bogle Park for its final four games of the regular season. The four-game home stand begins April 30 with a midweek matchup with Oklahoma, a re-scheduled game from earlier in the year. The Razorbacks close out the regular season May 2-4 with an SEC series against Florida.
• Increases school-record total to 346 runs scored this season
• Increases school-record total to 313 RBI this season
• Recorded 400th hit of the season with Canfield’s double in the second inning
o No. 5 in program history for a single season with 410 hits
o Sixth team in program history to reach 400 hits in one season
• 16th game of the season with two or more home runs
o First since April 1 vs. Missouri State
• Stephanie Canfield
tallied her team-leading 18th multi-hit game of the season
• Jayme Gee
collected her seventh multi-hit and 10th multi-RBI game of the season
o With two-run HR in second, career-high 28 RBI this season
• Amanda Geile
registered her 10th multi-RBI game of the season
o Ties her career high with seven home runs this season
• Devon Wallace
extended streak of reaching base safely to 23 games
o Longest streak by a Razorback this season
o Increases NCAA-leading total to 55 walks this season
• Kelly Young
struck out the final two hitters of the game to improve to 4-3 this season
• All-time series vs. Mississippi State: MSU leads, 31-25
• Ninth single game or series this season against an opponent ranked or receiving votes
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