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Final SEC road series at Mississippi State

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Final SEC road series at Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. — The University of Arkansas softball team is in Starkville, Miss., this weekend for its final road trip of the 2014 regular season. The three-game set against Mississippi State (35-15, 7-11 SEC) begins Friday with first pitch of game one scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks enter the weekend with a 26-22 overall record and a 4-14 mark in Southeastern Conference play.Heading into the final two weekends of conference play, Arkansas is three games behind Auburn and Mississippi State for the final spot in the SEC Tournament. The Razorbacks’ remaining conference slate includes Mississippi State and Florida. This year’s SEC Tournament will be contested May 7-10 in Columbia, S.C.Through a video stream share between the two schools, fans with a RazorVision subscription can watch this weekend’s series on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also listen to a broadcast of all three games online or on KXUA 88.3 FM in Fayetteville. Live stats will also be linked to the Razorbacks’ schedule page.Clarisa Navarro continues to lead the team with her .368 batting average. Stephanie Canfield and Kasey Fagan have a team-high 57 hits and 44 RBI, respectively. Fagan, just the third player in program history with 40+ RBI, is six shy of the program’s single-season record of 50 RBI set by Sandra Smith in 2010. Devon Wallace leads Arkansas with 11 home runs, 50 runs scored and an NCAA-best 54 walks. In the circle, Grace Moll has registered a team-high 10 wins and 62 strikeouts.Collectively, the Razorbacks are the third-highest scoring team in the NCAA at 7.08 runs per game. Arkansas has scored a program-best 340 runs this season. With a solo shot by Chloe Oprzedek in the series finale at Kentucky, this year’s team is the first in program history to register 50 home runs and 300 RBI in the same season. The Razorbacks are three hits shy of 400 for the season.Mississippi State is receiving votes in both national polls this week after back-to-back series wins against Alabama and Tennessee. The Bulldogs own a 31-24 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs. The teams last played during the 2012 season. After dropping the first two games, Arkansas salvaged a game in the series finale with a 13-2 win in five innings. Jayme Gee and Amanda Geile each homered in that game. The Razorbacks’ next home game is April 30 against Oklahoma, a re-scheduled game from March. The midweek meeting is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Bogle Park and will be televised by Fox Sports.For more information on Arkansas softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter.

Download: Game Notes 16_at Mississippi State.pdf



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