FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas softball team completed its fall season with a doubleheader sweep of Crowder College on Wednesday afternoon at Bogle Park.
Senior Sandra Smith’s two home runs led the Razorbacks to a 7-0 victory in game one followed by a 3-1 win in game two which was called after five innings due to rain and lighting in the Fayetteville area.
Smith went a combined 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and two walks on the night and finishes the fall season with three home runs and eight RBIs.
Arkansas struck first in game one on Smith’s first home run of the game, a two-run shot over the wall in center field. Third baseman Brittany Robison scored on the play after reaching on a fielder’s choice, putting the Hogs up 2-0.
The Razorbacks tallied a run on a groundout by center fielder Jessica Bachkora in the fourth to increase their lead to 3-0. RBI singles from Brittany Griffiths and Amanda Caldwell put Arkansas in front 5-0 after the fifth inning.
Smith hit her second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 7-0. Robison came around to score after reaching base on a single.
In the circle for Arkansas, Kim Jones threw five shutouts innings while striking out six and not issuing a walk. The junior allowed only two hits to the 16 batters she faced. Freshman Hope McLemore struck out four and walked one as she closed out the final two innings of the game.
Junior Layne McGuirt started the second game and pitched five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits while walking four and striking out 10.
Crowder left fielder Summer Rose scored on an error by the Arkansas third baseman to give the Lady ‘Riders an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
The Razorbacks tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on an RBI double off the bat of Robison. Right fielder Tori Mort scored after reaching base on a single with one out in the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Arkansas took a 3-1 lead when second baseman Brea Van de Pol and catcher Jessica Waddle both scored on a wild pitch from Crowder hurler Jamie Holmes. Van de Pol and Waddle reached base on a walk and fielders’ choice, respectively, as the Hogs loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit.
The Razorbacks open the 2010 regular season with the Metrodome Classic on Feb. 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minn.