02/07 - 5:45 PM
SB vs UC Davis
02/07 - 8:00 PM
SB at UNLV
02/08 - 11:00 AM
SB vs San Diego
02/08 - 3:30 PM
SB vs Washington
02/09 - 12:00 PM
SB vs Baylor
02/13 - 3:30 PM
SB vs Jackson State
02/13 - 6:00 PM
SB vs Butler
02/14 - 9:30 AM
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02/14 - 12:00 PM
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02/14 - 2:30 PM
SB vs St. John's vs. UMKC
02/14 - 5:00 PM
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02/14 - 7:30 PM
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02/15 - 9:30 AM
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02/15 - 12:00 PM
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02/15 - 2:30 PM
SB vs North Carolina State vs. UMKC
Auburn, Ala. - The University of Arkansas softball team defeated Auburn in the final game of the series 5-1. The victory over Auburn improves Arkansas record to 24-21 on the season and 5-17 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn falls to 28-19 overall and 7-15 in the SEC.
"It was a really good team win for us today," said head coach Mike Larabee. "I am really proud of our players."
Clarisa Navarro got the offense going for the Razorbacks in the top of the first recording the first hit of the game out to right-center field for a single. Jennifer Rambo followed with a double out to the center field wall. Navarro attempted to make it home, but was tagged out at the plate. Chloe Oprzedek dropped a ball in the shallow center field allowing for Rambo to come in for the score. She is now tied for the lead with Devon Wallace and Navarro with 24 RBI on the season.
Auburn placed their first runner on base after a single by Lauren Guzman. Guzman was then caught stealing second with a crisp throw from Jayme Gee to Sierra Bronkey. More stellar defensive work from the second baseman, Bronkey, was involved in every out in the bottom of the first, grabbing the pop up to end the inning.
Senior Tori Mort started the third inning by collecting first base off a slow rolling hit towards third base. This gives her 21 hits on the season. Mort was advanced to second after Wallace was hit by a pitch granting her first base. Mort was then called out at third after a foot race to the bag when Navarro hit the ball between second and third. Oprzedek recorded her second RBI on the day, bringing in Wallace. Navarro followed Wallace home after an error by the Auburn catcher. Gee followed with a single to bring home Oprzedek and giving the Razorbacks the 4-0 advantage.
Arkansas defense was consistent through the first three innings retiring seven straight batters and only allowing one hit, which came from the first bat of the game for the Tigers.
"Our defense was stellar today," said Larabee. "Megan Pearson and Sierra Bronkey came in and made some plays on defense that we haven't been making."
Andrea Sullivan continued the hitting spree for the Razorbacks in the top of the fourth blasting a solo home run over the left center field wall. That hit gives Sullivan four home runs on the season and Arkansas the 5-0 lead over the Tigers.
Auburn put its first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth after a batter was walked, followed by a line drive double to the right field wall that allowed the runner on first to come all the way home. Lathan who hit the double advanced to third on the throw, but was tagged out at home with a throw from Oprzedek to Gee.
Baylee Stephens recorded her first hit of the day for Auburn when she hit a ball to the center field wall collecting a double. The Arkansas defense was strong not allowing Stephens to be brought in for a score keeping the score 5-1 in favor of the Razorbacks.
Megan Pearson recorded her first hit on the weekend in the top of the sixth when she dropped a ball in right field just outside the infield. Mort collected her second single of the day when she hit a ground ball up the middle advancing Martindale, who was pinch running for Pearson, to second. Both runners were stranded after a pop up ended the sixth inning for Arkansas.
Navarro collected her second hit on the day in the top of the seventh hitting the ball to the center field wall. Navarro advanced to third after Oprzedek hit a ground ball to the pitcher and was thrown out at first.
Cohen recorded her 13th win on the season throwing all seven innings while recording three strikeouts. "Chelsea threw a masterpiece of a game today," said Larabee. "She just kept Auburn off balance all day with her variety of pitches."
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