JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Arkansas softball team pounded three home runs, pushing its season total to 49, on its way to a 14-2 win Tuesday afternoon at Jackson State. Tori Cooper, Shelby Hiers and Loren Krzysko each homered in the game while Autumn Russell tied her season high with three hits. Freshman Caroline Hedgcock picked up her third win in a five-inning complete game. With Tuesday’s result, Arkansas improves to 29-18.
Final: Arkansas 14, Jackson State 2 (5 inn.) | Box Score
The Razorbacks’ 14 runs are just one off the team’s season high and marked the ninth time the team has scored 10 or more runs in a game. Arkansas’ 15 hits were also one shy of a season high. Russell was one of our Razorbacks to turn in multi-hit performances, along with Cooper, Lauren Archuleta and A.J. Belans. Five different players had at least two RBI against Jackson State, led by three apiece from Belans and Krzysko.
For the 19th time this season, and third game in a row, Arkansas scored in the first inning with three runs across the plate. Cooper drove in the first run and came around to score on an RBI double by Belans. The offense added four more runs in the second frame with back-to-back big flies by Krzysko—a three-run shot—and Cooper. The home run was Krzysko’s first of the year and Cooper’s ninth.
Arkansas reached 10 runs with a three-run third inning, highlighted by a solo shot by Hiers to deep left field. It was her third home run of the season. Belans plated two more runs with a base hit to right, scoring Russell and Rachel Box on the play. After a scoreless fourth, the Razorbacks capped their outburst with four runs in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Katie Warrick got things started with a lead-off double. Archuleta and Madison Yannetti each had a two-run single in the frame.
Hedgcock’s complete game is her second of the season. She gave up two runs and three hits to Jackson State (12-33) while striking out three hitters. The home team got on the board with a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth but Hedgcock coaxed two ground balls for the final two outs of the game. She also worked out of two-on, one-out jams in the third and fourth innings.
The Razorbacks’ travels continue with a weekend road trip to Notre Dame for a three-game series that starts Saturday with a doubleheader. It will mark Arkansas’ first-ever trip to South Bend, and the first meeting between the programs since the 2001 season. All three games are scheduled to be streamed online with ACC Extra through the WatchESPN app. Arkansas closes out its home schedule May 5-7 when it hosts Georgia at Bogle Park.
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