– The University of Arkansas softball team closed outs its weekend road trip with an 8-0 win over No. 10/8 Kentucky in Sunday’s series finale. Grace Moll
pitched a complete-game shutout to collect her 10th win of the season while Kasey Fagan
sparked the offense with six RBI. The Razorbacks improve to 26-22 overall and 4-14 in SEC play with the program’s 30th all-time win against the Wildcats.
In her first start since April 5 at then-No. 4 Alabama, Moll responded with her longest outing of the conference season and team-leading seventh complete game of the year. The Razorback freshman held Kentucky (38-9, 12-6 SEC) to three hits and no runs while tallying five strikeouts and no walks. Arkansas’ win snapped the Wildcats’ nine-game winning streak.
For the third time in three games in Lexington, the Razorbacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a three-run first inning. With the bases loaded, Kasey Fagan
drilled a double to the wall in left center to plate all three runners. Chloe Oprzedek
tacked on Arkansas’ fourth run with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. It was her fifth home run of the season.
An infield single by Clarisa Navarro
in the sixth inning pushed the Arkansas lead to five runs before Fagan struck again with the bases loaded. With two outs and the bases full of Razorbacks, the Dunnellon, Fla., native lined a second double into the gap in left center to put the game out of reach. Fagan and Navarro are the first Razorbacks since 2010 with 40 or more RBI in a single season.
Following a road trip next weekend to Starkville to face Mississippi State (April 25-27), the Razorbacks return to their home field at Bogle Park for the final four games of the regular season beginning April 30 with a midweek matchup with Oklahoma.
• All-time series vs. Kentucky: Arkansas leads, 30-19
• Kentucky is the Razorbacks’ fourth top-10 opponent of the season
o Eighth single game or series against ranked opponent this season
• Increases school-record total to 340 runs scored this season
• Scored at least eight runs for the 23rd time this season
o 22-1 in those games
• Fourth game of the season without allowing a walk
o First since Feb. 16 against UMKC
• First time in program history team has recorded 300 RBI in a single season
• Fifth time in program history team has hit 50 home runs in a single season
o Four of the five 50-HR seasons have come under head coach Mike Larabee
• Stephanie Canfield
registered team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season
• Kasey Fagan
collected team-leading 11th multi-RBI game of the season
o Third player in program history with at least 40 RBI in single season, first since 2010
• Grace Moll
’s five strikeouts are her highest total in an SEC games this season
• Clarisa Navarro
is fourth player in program history with at least 40 RBI in single season
• Chloe Oprzedek
moved into three-way tie for fifth in program history with 21 career home runs
o Tied with Jessica Bachkora (2007-10) and teammate Amanda Geile
• Chloe Oprzedek
recorded her ninth multi-hit game of the season
o Third three-hit game of the season
• With lead-off walk, Devon Wallace
became all-time SEC leader and now has 186 career walks
o Led off each game of the series with a walk
• Devon Wallace
extended streak of reaching base safely to 22 games, longest by a Razorback this season
• This is the first @RazorbackSB team in program history to record 50 HRs AND 300 RBI in the same season #WPS #TacoTime
• With lead-off walk Sunday, @devon_wallace became @SEC all-time leader and now has 186 career walks #WPS
• With run in third inning Friday, @Tweetless_Varro becomes fifth player in program history with 100 career runs. #WPS #Milestone
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