Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Arkansas softball team dropped a heart-breaker in a 12-9 walk-off home run game to Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon. This moves the Razorbacks overall record to 24-22 while Tulsa moves to 33-11.
Arkansas started the game on a 5-0 run scoring five runs in the first three innings. The duo of Clarisa Navarro
and Devon Wallace
got the Razorbacks going in the top of the first. Wallace reached first base with a single to the right field. Navarro then recorded her eighth home run over the right center field wall to give Arkansas the 2-0 lead. Jayme Gee
continued the first inning hitting spree by hitting the ball to the shortstop, who bobbled the ball, allowing her to make it to first base. Sierra Bronkey
brought Gee home all the way from first with a double to the right center field to increase the lead to 3-0.
Tulsa placed its first runner in scoring position after Lacey Middlebrooks hit a line drive up the middle all the way to the wall, placing her on second. The Razorbacks solid defense prevented Middlebrooks from coming in for the score.
Sophomore Chloe Oprzedek
blasted the second home run on the day over the center field wall in the top of the third, giving her seven on the season. Bronkey added to the home run derby collecting a solo over the right center field fence giving her two on the season, as well as, increasing Arkansas's lead to five.
Tulsa answered in the bottom of the third loading the bases off of two singles a hit by pitch. Two runs were brought in off a fly ball hit to left center field.
Arkansas loaded the bases in the top of the fourth after Tori Mort
, Wallace and Navarro all collected a walk. Unfortunately, Arkansas was unable to bring any runs home that inning, leaving three stranded.
The Golden Hurricane tied the game in the bottom of the fourth after three singles and a double brought in three runs.
Arkansas responded the very next inning after back-to-back singles from Gee and Bronkey. Megan Pearson
hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the two runners and was safe at first due to a throwing error from the pitcher. Andrea Sullivan
then placed a ball in center field bringing in one run. A throwing error by Tulsa allowed for the Razorbacks to bring in another run to make the score 8-5.
Tulsa did not back down and scored another run the bottom of the fifth with precise bunting from the Golden Hurricane making the score 8-6 in favor of Arkansas.
Arkansas put another run on the board in the sixth bringing home Navarro and giving Arkansas the 9-6 lead.
Middlebrooks kept the Golden Hurricane alive in the bottom of the seventh hitting a solo home run over the left field wall to make it a 9-7 game. Tulsa made it a one run game after Bowen hit a double to center field bringing in one run and making it a nail biting finish. The pinch hitter Julie Crane placed the ball down the right field line to advance the tying run from second to third, with only one out. After a confusing play where Oprzedek was uncertain if the ball hit down the right line was fair, Tulsa scored after a throwing error to first base. Jill Barrett, who went five-for-five on the day stepped up to the plate and hit a walk off home run to give Tulsa the 12-9 victory.
Junior's Chelsea Cohen
and Hope McLemore
shared time in the circle for the Razorbacks Cohen throwing 4.1 innings and McLemore 2.0 innings.
Arkansas will be back in action this weekend when they host Alabama in its last home series of the season beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Bogle Park.
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