FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Game one of the two-game bill went to Tulsa with a 5-3 win over Arkansas, but the Hogs came back to top the hurricanes 2-1 in game two.
Game one started as senior Becca Carden stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first for the Razorbacks and hit a single to left field to bring in leadoff batter Macy Burr. Burr and Carden each got a stolen base and put the first two runson the board. Arkansas picked up another run in the second by Burr.
Defensively, the Hogs went three innings without allowing a run with just one hit. The top of the fourth brought three runs for the Golden Hurricanes. With the Razorbacks and the Hurricanes tied after four and a half, Chloe Oprzedek singles to shortstop while Burr was back to the plate and reached on an error.
Tulsa scored one more run in the fifth. Kelly Chapman singled to right field and was brought in on an RBI by Jill Barrett. The last two innings were scoreless for both teams and the end of game one came with Tulsa topping the Hogs 5-3.
"I was a little disappointed in the first game," head coach Mike Larabee said. "We had two fly balls that should have been caught. We had just worked on that yesterday, so that kind of hurt a little bit."
Larabee said the team made improvements in game two when Arkansas beat Tulsa 2-1.
Five hits and three stolen bases led to the Razorbacks defeating Tulsa 2-1 in game two of the doubleheader.
Layne McGuirt pitched a complete seven innings for the Razorbacks in game two with five strikeouts. Only three batters stepped to the plate in the first. A line out to second and a strike out brought the first two outs and the third came with a fly ball to left field.
As Arkansas stepped to the plate, Carden singled to right field then stole second. Stephanie Brewer drilled the ball to right field for an RBI that put the Hogs on the board.
Tulsa was scoreless for the first three innings once again as McGuirt threw two more strikeouts and allowed just one more hit. Not until the top of the fourth did Tulsa light up the board off a sacrifice fly to center. Lacey Middlebrooks crossed the plate for Tulsa after getting on base on a walk.
"I really like our speed right now," Larabee said. "We are stealing a lot of bases and our short-game batters are getting a lot better and getting on base."
In the fifth, The Razorbacks caught a runner stealing second and McGuirt struck out her fourth batter of the game. A scoreless fifth inning brought fuel to Arkansas as Linnea Ketcher singled to shortstop and stole second in the bottom of the sixth. Pinch runner Tori Mort followed in Ketcher’s tracks and stole second. McGuirt stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI to bring in the winning run in the sixth.
"In order to get to the next level, we’ve got to take care of the ball and not give outs away like we did in the first game."
Arkansas’ next game is Wednesday, Oct. 6, against Seminole State. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m., at Bogle Park.