The University of Arkansas softball team lost its morning game against Western Kentucky by a score of 1-0 at the University of South Florida-Best Western Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Freshman pitcher Miranda Dixon made her Lady Razorback debut on the mound, throwing a complete game. She allowed just four hits and struck out four.
“Miranda pitched really well,” said head coach Jamie Pinkerton. “Whenever you only give up one run you’ve got to win and we had opportunities throughout the game with runners in scoring positions, we just didn’t come through.”
The Lady’Backs had runners on second or third three times during the game.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, senior Rachel LeMaster singled to left field and stole her way to third base, but was left stranded.
Freshman Jessica Bachkora singled through the right side to lead off the fifth inning and was moved to second by a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Whitney Cloer, but the Lady’Backs were unable to move her further.
Bachkora then led off the seventh inning with a double to right field, but ended the game on second base.
“Jessica’s done a nice job in the middle part of the order,” said Pinkerton. She got on base in late innings twice we just couldn’t get her across the plate. I was real pleased with her performance.”
Sophomore Kayla Johnson got the other Lady’Back hit with a single to the short stop in the first inning.
Western Kentucky’s Rachelle Boucher scored the Hilltoppers lone run from third base after a sacrifice fly to left field from Ashley Contreras in the top of the third inning.
Arkansas plays its next game at either 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m., depending on the outcome of the 12:30 p.m. game against South Florida and Virginia.
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