FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas softball team posted 11 runs off 14 hits in the fall finale against Northeast Oklahoma A&M for a game-ending score of 11-5 on Wednesday evening at Bogle Park.
Arkansas started in a big way with senior Becca Carden stepping to the plate in the first and hit a solo homerun on the first hit of the game to light up the board for the Razorbacks. Junior Brittany Griffiths came up in the second inning and hit a single shot to left field.
Senior Kim Jones worked four innings in the circle for Arkansas with five strikeouts and four hits. She closed each of the first three innings with a strikeout.
Arkansas came to the plate in the third with a single to right field from freshman Chloe Oprzedek and a short single to the pitcher from sophomore transfer Linnea Ketcher. With freshman Amanda Geile at bat, she hit her first of two bombs of the night. She hit a three-run homer with runners on first and third.
"I thought tonight was the first game all fall where we really put the long ball and the short game together," head coach Mike Larabee said. "Ahead of Amanda’s homeruns were bunters and slappers, so that was really encouraging."
Geile’s second homerun of the night came in the fourth with runners on second and third. The second three-run bomb for Geile gave the Razorbacks an eight-run lead over the Norsemen.
NEO had 12 hits and five runs on the Razorbacks with sophomore Chelsea Cohen in the circle for UA. The Norsemen scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings off Cohen. The Norsemen closed the gap off a double and a triple in the seventh. Hope McLemore came in halfway through the seventh to close out the inning and the game for the Razorbacks.
"It really doesn’t matter what sign you put down, your pitchers really have to locate," Larabee said. "We can’t make some of the errors we made today in the SEC and expect to win."
Arkansas came out with two more runs in the sixth as freshman Macy Burr singled to left and stole second. Burr scored on an RBI by senior Layne McGuirt when she hit a single-base shot to right. A sacrifice fly by freshman Jayme Gee brought in McGuirt for the Hogs 11th and final run of the night.
Arkansas now prepares for the first tournament of the 2011 season, which opens Feb. 11-13 at Louisiana-Lafayette.