GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Razorbacks softball team fell 8-0 in five innings to the No. 10/11 Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla. The Razorbacks slipped in each of the three-games of the series, but now head back to Bogle Park to face South Carolina on Friday.
The Razorbacks tallied just two hits on the day. The first coming in the Razorbacks half of the second inning when lead-off hitter Amanda Geile got a base hit through the right side. Junior Tori Mort went in to pinch run for the freshman and picked up her fourth stolen base of the season.
It was a disappointing day today," Head coach Mike Larabee said. "We just have to continue to swing the bats and get some more hits. You’re not going to win games if you don’t score runs. The hits that we did have, by Amanda Geile and Becca Carden, were good hits."
A fielder’s choice put freshman Jennifer Rambo on base in the same inning, when she hit a bunt up to third. It took until the Hogs half of the sixth to get another hit on the board. Senior Becca Carden hit a single through to right center and freshman Amanda Martindale advanced the senior on a sacrifice hit.
The No. 10/11 Gators hit a solo home run in the first and another in the third before collecting five runs in the fourth off two hits and two errors. Another solo home run in the fifth finished the game and gave the Gators an 8-0 win over the Hogs.
Senior Layne McGuirt went into the circle to start the game. She put up four strikeouts in her three innings and allowed three earned runs. Hope McLemore came in for the Razorbacks to finish the game with two complete innings and two strikeouts.
"We get to practice more next week since we don’t have a midweek game," Larabee said. "I think that will be helpful for us. It feels like we have not practiced in forever. Hopefully we can come back and get a lot of reps in and a lot of practice time."
The Razorbacks host South Carolina for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 15 at Bogle Park.