The University of Arkansas softball team travels to Mineapolis, Minn., for the University of Minnesota Metrodome Classic. Arkansas plays three games on Friday against Tennessee Tech, Northern Iowa and Drake. Saturday, the Lady Razorbacks face Western Illinois and Sunday Arkansas takes on Big 10 teams Iowa and Minnesota.
It may be cold outside…
With a high of 16 degrees and snow showers possible upon the Lady’Backs’ arrival to Minneaoplis, the Metrodome is kept at a comfortable 65 degrees.
The Lady’Backs won the Century Bank Classic in Texarkana, Ark., last weekend going 5-1. Arkansas’ defeated Oklahoma State and Centenary, and split with UAB.
It’s out of here!
Arkansas hit four home runs in its first game against Centenary, breaking the school record for most home runs in a game. The previous record was three home runs last set on April 18, 2007 against Louisiana Tech.
Home runs galore
The Lady’Backs lead the Southeastern Conference with nine home runs already this season. Sophomores Sandra Smith and Miranda Dixon lead the team and the SEC in homers with three apiece.
Also leading the SEC in…
As a team Arkansas leads the SEC in runs scored (37), walks (35) and RBI (28). The Lady’Backs rank third in slugging percentage (.468) and on-base percentage (.409).
Henry in the circle
Senior Katy Henry is undefeated from the circle, going 4-0 in Arkansas’ opening weekend. Four wins marks the most wins in the SEC. Henry also sits second in strikeouts with 21.
Johnson leads Lady’Backs
Junior Kayla Johnson leads the team, hitting .444. She had a team-high eight hits and also hit a double and a home run from the second spot on the line-up.
Freshmen pitchers look good
Freshmen Kim Jones and Layne McGuirt saw time on the mound, both posting 0.00 ERA’s. Jones gave up no earned runs in 11 and one-third innings pitched, while McGuirt struck out five of six batters faced, not even giving up one hit.
Scouting Tennessee Tech
Tennessee Tech is 1-3 after its first tournament in Kennesaw, Ga. The Golden Eagle’s only win was against Middle Tennessee State, 8-2. Tennessee Tech plays two games Thursday against Northern Iowa and Minnesota before facing Arkansas on Friday.
Scouting Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa enters the tournament 3-1, with its only loss coming against South Dakota State 3-4 in extra innings. The Panthers take on Tennessee Tech and Western Illinois on Thursday before their game against Arkansas on Friday.
Drake opens its season Friday with a contest against Western Illinois before facing Arkansas in the nightcap. The Bulldogs return 10 letterwinners from a 2007 squad that finished 16-36.
Scouting Western Illinois
Western Illinois begins the 2008 season Thursday in Minneapolis. The Westerwinds play four games before playing Arkansas in their final game of the tournament on Saturday. WIU returns 12 letterwinners and welcomes 6 newcomers to a team that finished 23-23 last year.
Iowa starts the season off at the Metrodome Classic. The Hawkeyes play Friday and Saturday and take on Arkansas on Sunday morning. Iowa returns 14 letterwinners, including eight starters and finished 2007 with a 37-21 record.
Minnesota is 3-3 after its first weekend of play in Jacksonville, Fla. The Gophers took wins from Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville and UNC Greensboro. Minnesota is the host of the Metrodome Classic, playing four games prior to its match-up with the Lady’Backs.
The 2008 Lady’Backs
Seniors Samantha Buckner, Katy Henry and Dayna Huckabee lead the 2008 Lady’Backs on the diamond. This season features the return of 15 letterwinners, including nine starters. Nine newcomers are a welcome addition and are ready to step to the plate and contribute immediately.
Leading the way
Bachkora returns as one of the Lady’Backs’ top offensive threats. Bachkora led the Lady’Backs offensively the entire 2007 season and finished the year with a team-high .291 batting average, 30 runs, 58 hits, 10 doubles, five triples, and a .338 on-base percentage.
At the helm
Head coach Jamie Pinkerton enters his fourth season at the helm of Arkansas softball. Last season, Pinkerton saw his team set 14 different game, season and career records. Arkansas’ batting average improved and Pinkerton guided two of his freshmen, Bachkora and Dixon to Southeastern Conference all-freshman honors