– The University of Arkansas softball team opened its final non-conference weekend Saturday with wins over Bradley and Mississippi Valley State at the Razorback Invitational at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks equaled a school record in their 20-4 win over MVSU and capped the day with a 4-2 triumph over Bradley. With Saturday’s results, the team improves to 17-5 on the season. The two-day round robin concludes Sunday with the Razorbacks facing Bradley at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and Mississippi Valley State at 3 p.m.
GAME 1 vs. Mississippi Valley State
In the highest-scoring inning in program history, the Razorbacks plated 20 runs to erase a two-run deficit against Mississippi Valley State. Each spot in the lineup accounted for at least one run during the frame with Devon Wallace
crossing the plate three times. The inning was highlighted by a pair of three-run home runs off the bats of Amanda Geile
and Parker Pocklington
, the fourth of the season for both players. Geile and Chloe Oprzedek
each drove in four runs in the third inning. Arkansas’ 20 runs match the program record established earlier this season against North Dakota (Feb. 21) during the FGCU Round Robin in Ft. Myers, Fla.
struck out a pair of MVSU hitters and allowed just one hit in three innings to earn her seventh win of the season. Following the offensive fireworks in the third, Kelsey Berlin
came on to work the final two innings to secure the run-rule victory. It was the first appearance at Bogle Park for Berlin whose lone previous appearance in the circle was against No. 16 Baylor at the season-opening Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas.
GAME 2 vs. Bradley
The game between Arkansas and Bradley was scoreless before the home team posted a four spot on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Getting the start in the circle, Kasey Fagan
helped her own cause with a three-run homer to center field to score Jennifer Rambo
and Stephanie Canfield
ahead of her. There is now a four-way tie for the team lead in home runs with Fagan, Geile, Pocklington and Wallace at four each. The Razorbacks tacked on a fourth run on an RBI double by Clarisa Navarro
, her team-leading sixth two-base hit of the season.
Fagan pitched a complete game with the help of a season-high eight strikeouts. She had at least one strikeout in five of the seven innings pitched including a bases-loaded K in the top of the seventh with Bradley threatening. The Dunnellon, Fla., native has thrown a complete game in each of her last two starts. The game between Arkansas and Bradley was put on hold for 70 minutes due to a rain delay in the top of the fifth inning.
• All-time series vs. Mississippi Valley State: Arkansas leads, 6-0; first meeting since 2005
• All-time series vs. Bradley: 2-0; first meeting since 2009
• 10th time this season with at least 10 runs in a game
• School-record 20 runs scored in bottom of third inning; also tied school record for runs in a game
• 12th time this season with at least five runs in an inning
• 11th time this season winning by way of the run rule
• Fifteen (15) of season-high 16 hits vs. MVSU came in third inning
• Amanda Geile
moves into sole possession of seventh place on program list with 19th career home run
• Win vs. Bradley was first this season without scoring at least eight runs
• Kasey Fagan
struck out a season-high eight hitters vs. Bradley
• Wins are the 496th and 497th in program history
• Return to #BoglePark Sunday for games at 12:30p v Bradley & 3p v MVSU #NeverYield
• SEC weekend opener at #BoglePark March 14-16 v Tennessee #NeverYield
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