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Arkansas wins first game at Berkeley Regional

Emily Robinson, Athletic Media Relations
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Berkeley, Calif. - The University of Arkansas softball team defeated Boston University 3-2 in the opening game at the Berkeley Regional. Arkansas improves its overall record to 28-26 and 1-0 in post season play. The victory over Boston University is the fourth NCAA Tournament victory for Arkansas and the first since the 2008 season when the Razorbacks defeated Tulsa.
"It was fantastic to get that first win under our belt," said head coach Mike Larabee. "I thought we came out and swung the bats really well today."
Arkansas's debut on defense at the 2012 NCAA Tournament was a strike out from junior pitcher Hope McLemore.
Sophomore Clarisa Navarro was the first Razorback to reach base in the Berkeley Regional with an error from Boston's second baseman. She then advanced to second off of a fielder's choice decision. 
Boston placed its first runner in scoring position in the top of the second after Emily Roesch hit double to the right center field wall. The Terrier's put the first run on the on the board after a single hit by Mandy Fernandez brought home Reosch who was on second giving Boston the 1-0 lead.
Chloe Oprzedek recorded her first hit of the game in the bottom of the second as the leadoff batter of the inning. Andrea Sullivan followed with a single to right center field allowing Oprzedek to run all the way home and tying the game at one. Jayme Gee came up to the plate and collected her first hit of the game driving the ball to the right field wall for a double and bringing home Alyssa Bass who was pinch running for Sullivan.
Boston threatened in the top of the third placing a runner in scoring position. McLemore held strong in the circle recording her third strikeout of the game.
Devon Wallace recorded her first hit in the bottom of the third when she singled to the shortstop and outran the throw to first. Navarro hit the ball into a fielder's choice putting Wallace out at second, but Navarro made it to second off of a bad throw from the second base to first. Jennifer Rambo recorded her first hit of the tournament with a single out to right field bringing home Navarro and giving Arkansas to 3-1 lead.
"I was really pleased with our hitting today," said Larabee. "Their pitcher averaged over a strike out per inning and she only got us once today. I thought our coaching staff prepared our hitters very well for what they would see out on the field."
Arkansas had a solid defensive performance in the top of the fourth with McLemore recording her fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game.
Wallace doubled in the bottom of the fifth to left center field, but was thrown out at third. Navarro hit the ball right up the middle for a single. Sierra Bronkey followed with her first hit of the tournament with a single placing Navarro in scoring position. Both runners were stranded with a pop up out for the Terrier's to end the inning.
Boston put another run on the board in the top of the sixth with a solo home run from Megan Volpano making the score 3-2 in favor of Arkansas.
Arkansas put a running in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth after Megan Pearson was hit by a pitch and Jayme Gee hit a single up the middle. Both runners were stranded keeping the score 3-2.
The Terriers threatened again in the top of the seventh after back-to-back batters were hit by a pitch placing the tying run on second. The Arkansas defense held strong and collected the final out with a fly ball to center field to give Arkansas the 3-2 victory.
McLemore threw all seven innings in the circle collecting her second win of the season giving her a 2-0 record for her junior campaign. She struck out six batters while not allowing any walks.
"I thought Hope competed very well today," said Larabee.
The Razorbacks will play in the first game tomorrow at 5 p.m. CST against the winner of the California, Iona game. For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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