– The University of Arkansas softball team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 20 Tulsa Wednesday night at the Collins Family Complex on the TU campus. Despite the result, the team’s 19-6 record through the first 25 games of the season ties the best start in program history. The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville to host No. 2/4 Tennessee this weekend to open Southeastern Conference play, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Bogle Park.
The Razorbacks put together a threat in the top of the third when Stephanie Canfield
singled to left and Devon Wallace
walk for runners on first and second with one out. Tulsa starter Aimee Creger struck out the next two hitters to keep Arkansas off the scoreboard. The Golden Hurricane added three runs in the next half inning to extend their lead to four runs. Chloe Oprzedek
drove in Arkansas’ first run with an RBI double to right center which plated pinch runner Ashley Martindale
from first base. With the double, Oprzedek extended her hitting streak to 11 games.
Oprzedek and Clarisa Navarro
each had a double in the game with Canfield, Kasey Fagan
and Jennifer Rambo
all posting singles against Tulsa. Navarro’s double was her team-leading seventh of the season. Fagan, now on an eight-game hitting streak, took the loss as the starting pitcher. After allowing two runs in her first full inning of work, Grace Moll
settled in to hold the Golden Hurricane scoreless over the final two innings to keep Arkansas within reach.
Wednesday’s game was the 24th meeting in the series between the two teams with each winning 12 times. The tie will be broken when the teams meet for a second time this season April 9 in Fayetteville. Tulsa is the Razorbacks’ second-most frequent opponent outside of SEC play, trailing only 35 games against Missouri State.
• All-time series vs. Tulsa: Tied, 12-12
• Chloe Oprzedek
registered 90th career RBI with double in fourth inning
• Jayme Gee
threw out SEC-leading eighth base runner to end second inning
• Devon Wallace
drew SEC-leading 29th walk in third inning
• Chloe Oprzedek
’s 11-game hitting streak is the longest by a Razorback this season
• As @RazorbackSB approaches program win No. 500, take a look at other milestone wins bit.ly/1gjrmpL #WPS
• SEC weekend opener March 14-16 at #BoglePark v No. 2/4 Tennessee #NeverYield
• Saturday’s game v No. 2/4 Tennessee is SENIOR DAY for Clarisa Navarro
and Military Appreciation Day at #BoglePark #WPS
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