FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team was featured in an article on ESPN.com today. The article titled, “Top teams aren’t rolling through early-season competition,” was written by Graham Hays and talks about Arkansas’ early success and improvements from the 2007 season.
“What we’re doing early in the season has got the attention of people across the nation in both national polls and on the ESPN website,” said head coach Jamie Pinkerton. “It just shows that our young ladies are working hard and making improvements. I’m happy our team is getting national recognition. We just need to take that and build upon it and continue to get better.”
The Lady Razorbacks have gotten better and are just three wins away from matching their win total from last season. Arkansas is hitting over .300 compared to a .225 team batting average in 2007. Arkansas needs just 34 runs and 26 RBI to meet last year’s totals as well.
Smith’s grand slam home run that tied the game against No. 2 Arizona State was her eighth of the year. It set a new individual season home run record and marked the Lady’Backs’ 29th home run which broke the season record set by the 2007 squad.
Despite losing its last two games, Arkansas (18-4) is off to the best start in school history before beginning Southeastern Conference play on Saturday. The Lady’Backs open up in Columbia, S.C., against the Gamecocks.
The feature can be found on ESPN.com at: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=3274260.
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