TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Arkansas softball team fell to the Hofstra Pride, 6-4 on Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Unconquered Invitational.
Jennifer Rambo continued to dominate at the plate on Sunday. She went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. She finished the weekend going 5-for-7 with a double, a homerun, five RBI and two runs scored. Head coach Mike Larabee liked what he saw from the junior this weekend.
"She had two more hits today," Larabee said. "Offensively she had a great day yesterday and a great day today. Her bat has got to be in our lineup."
Sophomore Kimmy Beasley started in the circle for the Razorbacks. She ran into trouble in the first inning when Caryn Bailey lined a triple down the rightfield line. After getting Becca Bigler to fly out, Tessa Ziemba reached on an error, scoring Bailey. Maggie Hawkins then doubled down the leftfield line, scoring two more unearned runs for the Pride. Hofstra led 3-0 going into the second.
Rambo continued her hot streak at the plate with a double to start the top of the second. The Razorbacks, however, were unable to hit her home.
Beasley notched three strikeouts in the bottom half of the second and got out of a two-on with nobody out jam. Hofstra scored its fourth run in the third on a suicide squeeze bunt by Erin Trippi. She laid down a perfect bunt that scored Jess Hirschbuhl.
Rambo again reached base to start the fourth inning, this time on an error. She eventually scored when Jayme Gee hit a single through the left side of the infield. Amanda Summerford and Alyssa Bass scored on the play after both pinch ran earlier in the inning. Gee advanced to third on the play after a throwing error from the Pride leftfielder, D.J. Slugh. After Kyndra Meeker pinch ran for Gee, she scored on a groundout from Stephanie Canfield. This tied the game at four in the fourth inning.Hofstra answered in its half of the fourth, as Bigler scored on a Hirschbuhl sacrifice fly. This was another unearned run given up by Beasley. Hawkins followed the sac-fly with a double off of the centerfield wall, scoring Ziemba. The Pride reclaimed the lead at 6-4. This would end the day for Beasley, she went four innings, giving up six runs, one earned while striking out six.
Chelsea Cohen entered the game in the fifth and retired four out of the next five batters she faced. However, the game was called in the sixth inning due to a time limit. The limit was put on the game because Hofstra had a flight leaving at 4:30 p.m. ET. Arkansas suffered its fourth loss of the season, 6-4. The Razorbacks will return home to host the Arkansas Invitational. Game one for the Razorbacks will be on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. against Saint Louis. Also playing in the invite will be Murray State and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.