FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the first time in program history, Bogle Park will host a top-25 SEC series when the 25th-ranked University of Arkansas softball team welcomes No. 14 Tennessee to Fayetteville. The three-game series begins Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT). General admission is free to fans for all home games.
Series vs Tennessee
Arkansas and Tennessee have played 50 times prior to this weekend’s series. Friday’s game will be the 25th played in Fayetteville. Ten of the Razorbacks’ 14 wins in the series have come on their home field.
Junior shortstop A.J. Belans has at least one hit in eight of the last 10 games, hitting a .379 clip in that stretch. Over the same time, Belans has raised her batting average by 50 points (.250 to .300).
Playing the Hot Corner
From her spot at third base, junior Autumn Russell ranks second in the SEC with 63 assists. Additionally, her .443 batting average is 10th among SEC hitters.
Touch ‘Em All
Entering the weekend, Arkansas is No. 1 in the SEC and tied for fifth in the NCAA with 33 home runs. The offense also ranks fourth in slugging percentage (0.583), 13th in runs per game (6.96), 14th in batting average (.341) and 20th in on-base percentage (0.420).
Best in the SEC
Nicole Schroeder leads the SEC in home runs (12), total bases (77) and slugging percentage (1.203). She is second in RBI (40), one behind Tennessee’s Meghan Gregg. Shelby Hiers is tied for the league lead with 30 runs scored.
Welcome to Bogle Park
Fans of college softball have spoken and Bogle Park was voted the No. 4 stadium in the nation, and second among SEC parks trailing only Rhoads Stadium (Alabama). This is the ninth season with Bogle Park as Arkansas’ home field.
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