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Arkansas closes out 2012 season at Georgia

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas closes out 2012 season at Georgia

FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas softball team will close out its 2012 regular season at No. 11 Georgia, playing a three-game series with the Bulldogs beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Arkansas has an overall record of 26-24 and a Southeastern Conference record of 6-19. Arkansas is coming off a mid-week non-conference matchup against Missouri State where the Razorbacks no-hit the Bears and collected the 4-0 victory. Junior Chelsea Cohen and freshman Kimmy Beasley split time in the circle with Beasley getting the start and Cohen throwing 6.0 innings. This is the first no-hitter Arkansas has recorded since the 2002 season.Going into its final series of the regular season, freshman Devon Wallace is leading the team at the plate. Wallace had an outstanding weekend last weekend, batting .700 while collecting four home runs off of No. 3 Alabama. She has a total of 46 hits, 34 RBI and 13 home runs, while also being ranked nationally for her .545 on-base percentage at 14th, for her freshman campaign. Georgia has an overall record of 38-13 and 15-10 in SEC play. The Bulldogs are led at the plate by senior Kristen Sandsberg, who is batting .361 with 16 home runs, 43 hits and 44 RBI. In the circle Georgia has a duo of upper-class pitchers in senior Erin Arevalo and junior Tess Sito. Avevalo has an overall record of 20-6 and an ERA of 1.54 while Sito is 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA. In its 10 losses in SEC play, Georgia has only dropped two series, one to Kentucky and one to No. 3 Alabama. Both of those series they dropped two games to one. The Bulldogs have also split a series with No. 6 Florida and No. 7 Tennessee while defeating Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn and No. 22 LSU. "We need to have well-pitched games this weekend," says head coach Mike Larabee. "Georgia swings the bat really well and they are very aggressive. Our pitchers need to locate well and be able to change speeds. Defensively, we just need to continue to play the way we have been playing the past few weeks. I have really liked the way we have stepped up on the defensive side of the ball."

This will be the 40th-42nd meeting between the two programs with Georgia leading the series 27-13. The last time the two programs met was last April in Fayetteville with Arkansas taking the 2-1 victory. Arkansas has defeated Georgia in three of the last four meetings.

There will be a live blog and live stats for all games available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. For more information on Arkansas softball or Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



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