FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks (5-5) head to Corpus Christi, Texas as they continue the non-conference tournament seasonat the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islander Classic, Feb. 24-26.
Arkansas opens the tournament against Rutgers on Thursday evening. The Scarlet Knights fell to Loyola-Marymount twice last weekend and go into the Texas A&M Corpus Christi hosted tournament without a win. The Hogs meet Texas Southern on Friday morning before battling the Islanders at 3 p.m. Texas Southern split a double header with Prairie View A&M and fell to Same Houston State over the past week. Arkansas faced each of those teams in the season-opening tournament in Lafayette, La.
The weekend wraps two games in the championship round on Saturday, Feb. 26. The first game will be determined by each team’s record over the previous two days and the championship game follows.
"Last weekend was a very exciting but physically and mentally draining weekend," head coach Mike Larabee said. "I believe that at this point we know that no matter who we play that if we play to our potential that we can knock off and compete with anybody in the country."
Last weekend, Arkansas (5-5) handed the No. 1 Bruins of UCLA a 4-3 loss in the first game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Hogs fell in the next three games over the weekend, but redeemed themselves in the final game of the tournament with an 8-7 win over Utah. The win over the defending national champions marked the first time in Arkansas softball history that the Razorbacks have beaten a top-ranked team. The Razorbacks first faced No. 1 Tennessee in 2007 and lost all of the three-game series.
The Razorbacks begin the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islander Classic on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.