FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks clinched a 1-0 win over the ULM Warhawks on Tuesday afternoon in what should have been a doubleheader at Bogle Park. Game two of the double bill was canceled due to bad weather.
Senior Kim Jones pitched the Razorbacks to the second win in a row on Tuesday afternoon in extra innings. Jones went the eight innings it took for the Arkansas to pull the 1-0 win over ULM. She threw six strikeouts with four hits and just two walks.
"Kim (Jones) just went out and shut them down," Arkansas coach Mike Larabee said. "That is two back-to-back pitched games for her. I’ve said in the past, you can be average everywhere else but the pitching circle. Kim really came out and dominated and got us out of some tough situations."
The Razorbacks collected eight hits on the day with two hit from freshmen Jayme Gee and Chloe Oprzedek, along with sophomore Linnea Ketcher. Oprzedek came up with the bottom of the eighth to give the Razorbacks a walk off single to left field.
Catcher Jayme Gee came up with a single to short after collecting her eighth double of her career to left center in the fourth inning. Ketcher reached on an error by the third baseman before Oprzedek came up with the single to drive Gee around from second to plate the run the Hogs needed to clinch the win.
"Chloe (Oprzedek) has come in and put in a lot of extra time and hitting. She came out and hit four balls really hard. I think she only got two hits, but she lined out a couple of times that could have been some great RBI for us," Larabee said.
With the bunt single from Ketcher in the third inning and another base hit in the sixth, the sophomore boosted her batting average to .304 on the season, giving her the second highest on the team after senior Becca Carden. Carden had two hits on the day as well, with a single up the middle to start the game for the Razorbacks in the first and another base hit to third in the seventh inning. Carden now has 50 hits on the season, giving the senior a .340 batting average.
"Our defense was pretty solid in that first game, but it’s all about that pitching. I can put my head on the pillow at and rest pretty easy at night when you have performances like that," Larabee said.
The Razorbacks move to 13-35 on the season as game two of the doubleheader was cancelled due to bad weather. The Razorbacks head to Tennessee for the last Southeastern Conference series of the regular season with a three-game weekend series.