CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Razorbacks softball team redeemed itself with a 14-4 win over the Tigers of Texas Southern, but fell in a heartbreaker to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5-4 on Friday at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islander Classic.
The Hogs, now 6-7 on the season,let the first three go to Texas Southern off two doubles and a triple. It did not take long for the Hogs to answer back with the first run of the day from Courtney Breault off a wild pitch. The Hogs came back in the second with a triple from Chloe Oprzedek to right center. A single from Macy Burr brought sophomore Linnea Ketcher to the plate where she drove a single up the middle to bring in Oprzedek and Burr and close TSU’s lead to 3-2.
"I thought we got off to kind of a slow start," head coach Mike Larabee said. "We really caught fire and swung the bats like we are capable of swinging. I really like the way we broke out with the bats in the first game."
A scoreless third brought Burr back to the plate in the fourth. The freshman singled to right and advanced on a stolen base. A fly out by Breault gave Burr the go ahead to third and she plated a run on an error by the right fielder.
The Razorback defense kept the Tigers quiet in the fifth and came up with three more runs of their own. Geile picked up a two-run homer after a single from senior Becca Carden. Amanda Caldwell followed the trend with a double and scored off an RBI by Oprzedek.
TSU plated one run in the sixth off a single by the left fielder before the Razorbacks half of the sixth brought seven runs on just five hits with three homeruns. In her fourth at-bat of the game, Carden picked up a three-run homerun to advance Arkansas’ lead to 10-4. Pinch hitter Jessica Robison picked up and RBI with a double to left center to bring Geile across the plate. Tri Mort came to the plate next as a pinch hitter as solidified the Hogs first win of the day with the second three-run homer of the day. Mort’s bomb was the third of the day and gave the Razorbacks a 14-4 win over Texas Southern.
"I thought Chelsea Cohen did a nice job, but she needs to be a little bit sharper," Larabee said
Chelsea Cohen went the distance in game one with six innings at work and two strikeouts. The sophomore earned her first win of the 2011 season and allowed just four runs to cross the plate.
The Razorbacks entered game two with the first three runs on the board in the first. With a 0-2 count, Carden earned her second homer of the day with three RBI to bring in leadoff hitter Burr and Amanda Geile. Carden brought in each of the Hogs four runs in game two as she went 3-3 at the plate with a single down the left line in the third for another RBI and a single to right in the fifth.
"I don’t think I’ve ever lost a game as a player or as a coach on basically a bunt that let three runs come across," Larabee said. "It was just a heart breaker. I thought Becca Carden had a really nice game. She went three for three and came up with that big home run in the first."
The Hogs led the Islanders 4-2 going into the seventh with two outs and the winning run at the plate. A short bunt to the pitcher brought in the first run and an error by McLemore allowed the Islanders to plate two more and clinch the win.
Hope McLemore also went the distance in her game in the circle. The sophomore has six strikeouts and one walk in hr 6.1 innings in the circle.
"I thought Hope McLemore threw a good game, but unfortunately they laid a bunt down and three runs came across the board," Larabee said. "We just have to not be satisfied with four runs. It was a tough one for us."
Arkansas wraps up the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islander Classic on Saturday morning with the first game at 9 a.m. against Rutgers. The winner of that game will play at 3 p.m. in the championship and the loser plays at 1 p.m. for the consolation title.