FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas softball team fell 3-2 to No. 4 Florida Saturday afternoon at Bogle Park, moving its overall record to 18-11 and 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference.
"I was a little disappointed today," said head coach Mike Larabee
. "I feel that Florida did not beat us this afternoon, we beat ourselves."
Arkansas was granted two walks in the bottom of the first putting Devon Wallace
in scoring position; unfortunately Arkansas could not bring a runner home and left two on base.
The score remained 0-0 through two innings with only two hits coming from Florida's Lauren Haeger and Michelle Moultrie in the top of the first.
The Razorbacks defense was solid through the first four innings, with some outstanding plays coming from shortstop Clarisa Navarro
who collected five assists and three putouts on the game.
Wallace recorded the first hit for the Razorbacks in the bottom of the third when she hit a line drive up the middle for a single. Navarro followed with a single to left field, advancing Hope McLemore
, who was pinch running for Wallace, into scoring position. Sierra Bronkey
loaded the bases after she grabbed a single to right field. Arkansas got on the board first, when Amanda Geile
hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing in McLemore. Jennifer Rambo
was granted first base after being hit by a pitch, once again loading the bases. Junior Andrea Sullivan
was brought in to pinch hit with the bases loaded and was granted first base off a walk bringing in Navarro to give the Razorbacks the 2-0 lead. Pitcher Chelsea Cohen
made her first appearance this season at the plate with the bases still loaded, unfortunately the pitcher verses pitcher matchup was won by Heager, striking Cohen out and ending the inning, but giving Arkansas to 2-0 lead.
The Gators threatened the Razorbacks in the top of the fourth loading the bases, but more great defensive work by the Razorbacks allowed for Arkansas to get out of the inning without allowing a run to score.
Moultrie, the lone senior on Florida's squad, got the Gators on the board in the top of the fifth blasting a home run over the right field wall making the score 2-1 in favor of Arkansas. The Gators took the 3-2 lead in the fifth after two doubles and a Razorback error.
The Razorbacks placed a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth, but was unable to tie the game.
Freshman pitcher, Kimmy Beasley
entered the game in the top of the sixth throwing to the minimum amount of batters in the sixth while striking out the third batter. Beasley grabbed three more strikeouts in the top of the seventh giving her four in just two innings.
"I was impressed and pleased with the pitching staff of Chelsea and Kimmy today," said Larabee. "They threw very well, keeping us within one run."
The Razorbacks were unable to get a run in the bottom of the seventh giving the Gators the 3-2 victory.
Arkansas wraps up the series with Florida tomorrow at noon at Bogle Park. A live blog and live stats will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.