STILLWATER, Okla. – The Arkansas Razorbacks softball team drove the No. 19/18 Oklahoma State Cowgirls to extra innings, but fell 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday. The game should have been the first of two for the Razorbacks, but the meeting between Arkansas and Tulsa was cancelled due to cold temperatures.
The Razorbacks move to 10-25 in the season and remain at 1-12 in Southeastern Conference play. Senior Kim Jones collected seven strikeouts and allowed just two walks on the day. She went the distance with seven complete innings pitched, but collected her 10th loss of the season. She allowed zero earned runs on the game as well.
"Hats off to Kim Jones," head coach Mike Larabee said. ‘She hadthe stomach flu yesterday and before the game I told her that as an athlete, some of your best games are when you are a little bit under the weather. She came out and went toe-to-toe with the No. 18 team in the nation. Our energy level was fantastic."
Senior Becca Carden went 2-4 on the game with a single in the fifth and a double to the right side in the eighth. The Razorbacks tallied five hitson the day with two errors through the eight innings.
It took until the fourth inning for either team to get a hit. Carden made connection in the fourth, but grounded out to third. Jayme Gee came up with the first hit of the day for Arkansas with a sliding double to center field. Junior Jessica Robison stepped on base with the first walk from either team on the day, but a strikeout closed the inning without a run.
"Our attitudes were fantastic and we played with a big heart today," Larabee said. "I felt that for the first time in a while, the team was all on the same page."
The Razorbacks allowed a double to the center field wall in the Cowgirls half of the fourth, followed by Jones first of just two walks of the day, but came back with a grounded double play to get the unassisted out at third by Robison and she made the throw to first to beat out the runner.
Chloe Oprzedek came up hit a shot to the infield, but reached on the error by OSU’s second baseman in the fifth. Fellow freshman Ashley Martindale hit a slap hit to third for a base hit. Carden came up with a shot to the right side to load the bases, but Martindale was caught off the base at second to close the fifth inning.
Amanda Geile picked up her first hit of the day with a deep shot to center, but that was the only recorded hit of the seventh inning. The Razorbacks were forced to extra innings after three up and down closed the defensive half of the seventh for Arkansas.
Carden picked up her second big hit of the day with a double to right center in the top of the extra-inning eighth, but was left on base. An error by Oprzedek in the home half of the extra frame allowed one to score for the walk-off win for No. 19/18 Oklahoma State.
The Razorbacks return to Bogle Park to meet LSU in a weekend three-game series. The first pitch is set for Friday at 7 p.m.