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Arkansas takes down No. 4 Alabama

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas takes down No. 4 Alabama

FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas softball team took down No.4 Alabama, 8-1 on Saturday afternoon, at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks broke a 30 game losing streak against Alabama that dates back to 2002. With this victory Arkansas improves to 25-23 overall and 6-18 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama drops, only its fifth game of the season, and moves to 44-5 overall and 20-4 in the SEC."I am so proud of our kids today," said head coach Mike Larabee. "They really deserved this win."Arkansas began the second game of the series with spectacular defense, forcing Alabama to go three-up and three-down in the first inning.The Razorbacks offense looked just as sharp as their defense in the first inning. Devon Wallace collected a walk in the lead off position followed by a home run to left-center field from Clarisa Navarro to give Arkansas the early 2-0 lead. Jayme Gee collected her first hit on the day in the bottom of the first when she grabbed a single up the middle.Alabama loaded the bases in the top of the second; Arkansas allowed only one run to come home and forced the Crimson Tide to leave three runners on base. Freshman Megan Pearson collected her first hit of the series when she hit the ball out to the right-center field wall giving her a double, also her first double on the season. Pearson also collected 14 putouts for the game."Megan is kind of a field general as the first baseman letting people know what defense we are in," said Larabee. "She has really solidified our defense, as of recent." The Razorbacks placed runners on first and second in the bottom of the third after Sierra Bronkey and Chloe Oprzedek were walked. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position. Unfortunately, no runners were able to be brought home that inning keeping the score 2-1, Arkansas.Alabama threatened again in the fourth placing a runner on third after a walk. Arkansas’s defense held strong by retiring three batters in a row to end the inning. Pearson got the offense going again in the bottom of the fourth collecting her second hit on the day. Tori Mort followed with patience at the plate and was rewarded a walk. Wallace then placed a ball over the right center field wall bringing home three runs and collecting her 12th home run on the season, 10 being in SEC play."Hitting is very contagious," said Larabee. "When you have a batter like Devon smoking the ball, it just gives everyone else confidence. They just feed off of each other."Jennifer Rambo added to the home run hitting spree in the bottom of the fifth collecting her own and giving Arkansas the 6-1 lead.Freshman Kimmy Beasley was a main staple in the victory. Beasley threw all seven innings while collecting her tenth win on the season. Beasley recorded three strikeouts on the day while only allowing two hits and one run."Kimmy didn’t give in today," said Larabee. "She really stepped up for us and was in control of the game."Mort collected her second walk of the day in the bottom of the sixth. She then placed herself in scoring position by stealing second. Wallace once again stepped up to the plate and blasted a home run over the right-center field wall giving Arkansas the 8-1 lead. Wallace now has 32 RBI on the season, with eight of them coming against Alabama. With Wallace’s home run, the Razorbacks tied the school record for home runs in a single game, with four. Last time Arkansas hit four home runs in a game was in 2010 against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.Arkansas and Alabama with wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Bogle Park. Sunday is also Senior Day; there will be a short ceremony to honor the seniors that will take place ten minute before first pitch. "We need another well pitched game tomorrow," said Larabee. "You can score all the runs and get all of the hits in the world, but this game is still focused on what a team does in the circle."For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



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