Las Vegas, Nev.- The Arkansas Razorbacks (5-5) finished the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a extra inning win on Sunday against Utah (4-6) 8-4 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Hogs finished with a weekend record of 2-3 in their trip to out west.
With a slow start from both teams, the Hogs were the first to score a run, as they put four on the board in the top of the sixth inning. With two on base off singles, Becca Carden laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners before Courtney Breault hit a deep shot to center field for a double to bring in the first two runs of the inning for the Razorbacks.
"We had some great clutch hitting in this game from Breault and Brewer," head coach Mike Larabee said.
With the Utes still scoreless, Stephanie Brewer drove in two more runs as she sent a line drive down the left field line to bring Arkansas’ lead to four. Utah answered in their half of the sixth by crossing one run to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Hogs.
The Utes weren’t done scoring yet as they picked up three more runs in the bottom of the seventh off an Arkansas error to force extra innings. Breault drove in the free runner at second which was the go ahead run for the Hogs. Still in their half of the eighth, the Hogs added three more runs thanks to a two run homer from Brewer and a single from Jennifer Rambo. The Hogs would then hold the Utes in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 8-4.
"It was a great win for us," Larabee said. "This team could have quit once they tied it up but they fought through and got the win."
Kim Jones gave up just two runs in six plus innings of while recording five strikeouts and finishing with a no decision as Layne McGuirt battled back to get her first win of the season.
"Kim Jones threw a great game today and kept us in it all day," Larabee said.
The next outing for the Razorbacks is in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 24-26 at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic.