FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks softball team looks to get back to its winning ways at the 2011 Border War in Stillwater, Okla., where Arkansas meets No. 19 Oklahoma State and Tulsa on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks go into the Border war with a 10-24 season record and 1-12 in the Southeastern Conference. A week ago, the Razorbacks earned their first win in the SEC off two two-run homeruns from senior Becca Carden to lead Arkansas to a 7-6 win over Ole Miss in game two of the mid-week doubleheader.
"Becca Carden is showing some great senior leadership right now," head coach Mike Larabee said. "and playing great softball right now. She’s hitting .385 in the SEC. Chloe Oprzedek is doing really well defensively and Jayme Gee is leading the team in hitting right now in the SEC."
The Golden Hurricanes go into the Border War with a 24-9 overall record. Tulsa is 7-2 in Conference USA. Caitlin Everett leads the team in batting average with .386 and has 39 hits on the season with 13 RBI. In the circle for Tulsa could be Aimee Creger with her 1.03 ERA. She has collected four shutouts this season with 135 strikeouts in her 88.0 innings pitched.
Oklahoma State goes into the mid-week meeting ranked No. 19 by the NFCA. Boasting a 27-6 record, OSU has yet to play a conference game this season. The Cowgirls breezed past Iowa State 15-1 in the most recent game of their season. Alysia Hamilton leads the team with a .422 batting average and 24 RBI. She’s collected 29 runs and four homers this season. A potential in the circle for OSU is Simone Freeman with her 1.69 ERA. She has struck out 87 batters and holds a 7-4 record this season.
"These are two teams that we split with in the fall," Larabee said. "They are both very well coached, they hit the ball and have great defense. Those are going to be two very tough tests for us and if we are going to compete with them, it’s got to start in the circle."
Arkansas leads the all-timer series against Tulsa 10-9. Last season, the Hogs split a doubleheader with the Hurricanes. Game one went to Tulsa 13-2. Arkansas answered back in game two with a 3-1 win over the border rival. The last time the teams met at the Border War was in 2009 when the Razorbacks handed Tulsa a 9-5 loss on April Fool’s Day.
Arkansas boasts a 6-4 record over Oklahoma State. In 2009 at the Border War, the Razorbacks took the 8-0 win. The Razorbacks fell to the Cowgirls earlier in the season 6-7 during the Oklahoma State Mizuno Classic. This will be the first time the Razorbacks meet OSU under the direction of head coach Mike Larabee.
The Border War leads off for Arkansas with Tulsa at 3 p.m. followed by No. 19 Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla.