12/10 - 7:00 PM
WBB vs Tulsa
12/20 - 7:00 PM
WBB vs Tennessee Tech
12/28 - 2:00 PM
WBB vs Mississippi Valley State
01/02 - 7:00 PM
WBB vs SOUTH CAROLINA
01/05 - 2:00 PM
WBB at MISSOURI
01/09 - 6:00 PM
WBB at FLORIDA
01/12 - 2:00 PM
WBB vs MISSISSIPPI STATE
01/16 - 6:00 PM
WBB at GEORGIA
01/19 - 2:00 PM
WBB vs OLE MISS
01/26 - 12:00 PM
WBB at KENTUCKY
01/30 - 6:00 PM
WBB at TENNESSEE
02/02 - 2:00 PM
WBB vs AUBURN
02/06 - 7:00 PM
WBB vs FLORIDA
02/09 - 1:00 PM
WBB at SOUTH CAROLINA
02/13 - 7:00 PM
WBB vs ALABAMA
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team defeated the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats,4-1, on Friday at Bogle Park.
Arkansas (29-16, 7-9) was led by its sophomore pitcher, Kimmy Beasley, in the win. She tallied 11 strikeouts and gave up one run on four hits. The Foreman, Ark. native also did not walk a batter in the contest. This was Beasley’s fourth game with double-digit strikeouts in her last five appearances.
“It all starts in the circle,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “Kimmy was phenomenal again. She had zero walks in the game, to not have any free runners is great.”
At the plate it was Sierra Bronkey who had the big day. She went 2-for-3 with a homerun and a single. Also homering in the game was Jennifer Rambo, who hit her fourth long-ball of the year in the fourth inning.
“Rambo had a great week swinging the bat in practice,” Larabee said. “She had a really good series against Kentucky last year and got a bomb today. Bronkey also ripped one out of the park.”
Beasley started the game by retiring the first six batters she faced. She struck out Christian Stokes, Griffin Joiner and Nikki Sagermann in the process. The three strikeouts in the first two innings gave her 116 on the season.
Bronkey used the momentum from the sophomore pitcher and notched a one-out single in the bottom of the second. She advanced to second after an error from Sylver Samuel on the play. Ashley Martindale came in to pinch-run, but the Hogs left her stranded and the game remained scoreless.
Arkansas continued to receive a dominate performance from Beasley in the third. She struck out the side to give her six in the game.
Beasley struck out her fifth straight batter, Maisie Steed, to start the fourth. The streak continued on the next batter as she gunned down Stokes on three pitches. The streak ended two pitches later as Joiner beat out an infield single. She moved to third on the next pitch when Lauren Cumbess singled off the centerfield wall. Kentucky singled for the third batter in a row as Alice O’Brien hit home Joiner and broke the scoreless tie.
Bronkey belted her second hit of the game, a homerun over the rightfield fence, with one out in the fourth inning. Her solo-shot tied the game at one and gave her two long-balls on the year. Two batters later, Rambo gave the Hogs the lead when she smashed a solo-homerun over the centerfield wall. Arkansas led Kentucky, 2-1, after four innings of play.
The Razorback starter, Beasley, notched two more strikeouts in the top of the fifth to give her 10 in the game. This was the fourth time in her last five appearances that she tallied double-digit strikeouts.
UK got a one-out single from Joiner and then Cumbess skied a ball to centerfield in the next at bat. Stephanie Canfield made a leaping catch for out number two, banging her head on the wall in the process. After a quick checkup from athletic trainer Brian Buening, she stayed in the game. Beasley got O’Brien to fly out and end the top of the sixth.
Claire Clark blooped a one-out single to leftfield in the bottom of the sixth. However, she was retired on the next at-bat when Nicole Schroeder grounded into a fielder’s choice. Gee walked to put two on for Wallace. She drilled a ball to the centerfield warning track and it was dropped by Samuel. Two runs scored on the play to give Arkansas a 4-1 lead after six.
Beasley came out for the seventh and did not slow down. She worked a 1-2-3 inning to slam the door on the Wildcats and give the Razorbacks a 4-1 win.
Next up, Arkansas continues its series with No. 17 Kentucky with game two. The game is scheduled for Saturday at noon. Be sure to stop by Bogle Park on your way to the Red-White Spring Game.