FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team opens Southeastern Conference play this weekend, traveling to South Carolina. The Lady Razorbacks play a three-game series against the Gamecocks with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday and a single game on Sunday at noon.
“We need to have good focus pitching, hitting and defensively this weekend and get a good start on the road,” said Pinkerton. “Even though we’re on a two-game skid right now, we’ll bounce back. We are resilient and we’ll be ready to play and get off on the right foot in the SEC.”
After a program-best 12-game winning streak came to an end in eight innings against then second-ranked Arizona State, the Lady’Backs lost their next game and have not played since. At 18-4, Arkansas is third in the SEC Western Division, while South Carolina (11-8) sits fourth in the SEC Eastern Division.
Only a third of the way through their season, the Lady’Backs broke the individual and team season home run records last weekend and are one of the top teams in the nation in home runs.
The Gamecocks are on a five-game winning streak and are 5-0 at home this year. They have the same record as Arkansas in their last ten games, 8-2.
The Lady’Backs average over twice as many runs as USC per game and hold the statistical advantage in almost every category. South Carolina, however, won the last 15 contests between the two teams and lead the all-time series 21-9. Last season against the Gamecocks, Arkansas scored just one run in the three-game series at home.
Arkansas is a completely different team this season and is just three wins away from matching its overall wins from 2007. It also needs just 34 runs and 26 RBI to meet last year’s totals, and the nation is taking notice as the Lady’Backs received votes in the top 25 polls and were recently featured in an article on ESPN.com.
“We have a good group of ladies and they are starting to get some recognition,” said Pinkerton. “We want to continue to grow from that and stay humble. We’re taking what pitchers give us and hitting the ball extremely hard right now.”
Live stats and live audio are available for this weekend’s games on LADYBACKS.COM. A live radio broadcast will also be available on KXUA, 88.3 FM in Fayetteville.
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