SHERWOOD, ARK. – University of Arkansas twirlers Katy Henry and Miranda Dixon threw fourteen scoreless innings and combined for 22 strikeouts to lead the Lady Razorbacks to two wins against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday evening in Sherwood, Ark.
Henry threw her first no hitter of the year and third shutout in a 3-0 win in the opener. Dixon fanned a career high 12 batters in the nightcap for a 6-0 victory. In front of 1,433 fans Arkansas tallied 16 hits and improved to 25-17 with the doubleheader sweep, while the Warhawks fell to 10-24.
“This year we haven’t had a lot of shut outs and we came out and had two dominating performances,” said head coach Jamie Pinkerton. “I was real pleased with our pitching and our defense tonight, plus we had timely hitting. All three facets went well.”
Sophomore Jessica Bachkora got the first Lady’Back hit of the day in the first inning lacing a triple to right center. Bachkora slid into home and gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead when junior Kayla Johnson reached base on a throwing error in the infield by Louisiana-Monroe.
With two outs and a full count on Johnson in the third inning, she hit a solo shot to center field to put the Lady’Backs up by two.
Sophomore Sandra Smith led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field to mark her 10th homer of the year and give Arkansas a 3-0 advantage.
Henry moved to 13-8 in the circle with a complete-game, 10-strikeout win.
The Lady’Backs got out to a quick start in the second game. In the first frame, Bachkora drew a lead-off walk and with one out Dixon reached base on a dropped third strike. Smith followed with a walk to load the bases. With two down, senior Dayna Huckabee reached on another dropped third strike and Bachkora slid across the plate for the first run. Junior Samantha Buckner then singled through the left side and plated Dixon for Arkansas’ second run.
In the second inning, Johnson launched her second home run of the evening and sixth of the year to put the Lady’Backs up 3-0.
“Kayla is a battler up there,” said Pinkerton. “It’s nice having her in the two slot. She can sacrifice, she can get on with a single, she can steal and she can hit a home run. She’s a very dangerous two-hole hitter and she did a good job tonight.”
Back-to-back singles to left field by junior Whitney Cloer and Smith put two Lady’Backs on in the third. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Buckner singled to left field and Cloer crossed the plate from third giving Arkansas a 4-0 lead.
The Lady’Backs added two runs in the fifth. Buckner scored on an infield error after reaching on a fielder’s choice and sophomore Teighynne Hulsey singled and was plated by a double to right center by pinch hitter Amie Hubbard.
Dixon eanred her ninth win of the year giving up just three hits and walking none to add to her 12 K’s.
“I’d like to thank the city of Sherwood, Mayor Virginia Hillman, the Aldermen and Sonny Jansen for hosting the Lady Razorbacks in another successful trip to Sherwood,” Pinkerton said.
Arkansas returns home for a three game series with Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is slated for 6 p.m. at Lady’Back Yard.
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