Auburn, Ala. – The University of Arkansas softball team dropped the second game of the series 5-1 to Auburn on Saturday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field. This moves the Razorbacks overall record to 23-21 on the season and 4-17 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn moves to 28-18 overall and 7-14 in the SEC. Arkansas got off to a quick start on offense bringing in one run in the top of the first. Clarisa Navarro reached first base off a fielder’s choice to throw out Devon Wallace at second. Chloe Oprzedek hit a ball in the gap between the shortstop and outfielder allowing Navarro to run all three bases and give Arkansas the 1-0 lead.
Junior co-captain Hope McLemore got the start in the circle for the Razorbacks. This is McLemore’s first appearance of the 2012 season in the circle due to surgery earlier in the year. She has appeared in 27 games prior to this start as a pinch runner for Arkansas. Last time McLemore was in the circle was April 30, 2011 when she threw 3.0 innings at Tennessee."I thought Hope went out and competed very well today," said head coach Mike Larabee. "Coming off surgery we wanted to get her out there for a few innings and test the waters to see where she was at. It’s good to know we can count on her for the rest of the year."The Tigers and Razorbacks traded quick second inning at bats, both going three-up and three-down. Arkansas showed some solid defense in the through the first four innings only allowing one hit and one walk. Navarro and Andrea Sullivan combined to make some solid routine plays to help Arkansas stay strong on defense.Auburn got its offense going in the bottom of the fifth when second baseman Brooke Lathan hit a solo home run over the left-center field wall, tying the game at one all. The Tigers put two more runs on the board in the fifth with back-to-back doubles giving them the 3-1 lead. The Tigers continued their hitting spree in the bottom of the sixth hitting back-to back home runs from Elizabeth Eisterhold followed by Lathan who recorded her second of the day. Arkansas was unable to answer in the top of the seventh giving Auburn the 5-1 victory. The Razorbacks and Tigers will wrap up the series Sunday a noon with the game being televised on Fox Sports South. There will be a live blog and live stats available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com"We need to come out tomorrow with a lot of pride," said Larabee. "They have been the better team the past two games and we need to come out tomorrow and be the better team."For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.