FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team is set to close out its 2016 home schedule when it hosts No. 12/14 LSU this weekend at Bogle Park. The three-game series begins Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) with Daddy-Daughter Date Night. Saturday’s game two will be televised by ESPNU and the Razorbacks will celebrate Senior Day for Claire Clark prior to Sunday’s series finale.
As part of Friday night’s promotion, the first 50 daughters in attendance receive a Razorback Softball t-shirt and the first 50 dads get a voucher for a free hot dog, popcorn and drink. General admission is $5 for adults while students with valid UA ID and fans 17 years and younger get in free.
Arkansas (17-33, 1-17 SEC) enters the weekend tied for fifth in the SEC and 35th in the country with 47 home runs. Freshman Ashley Diaz leads the team and is seventh in the conference with 12 home runs, followed by teammates Shelby Hiers and Nicole Schroeder with nine and seven big flies, respectively. With her grand slam against Ole Miss (April 24), Schroeder is the ninth Razorback in program history with 20 career home runs.
Defensively, Arkansas has turned 24 double plays this season which ranks second in the SEC and tied for seventh in the NCAA. The team has posted 11 of those during league play. Junior Grace Moll registered her 266th career strikeout in her last outing at Oklahoma State which moved her into 10th place on the program’s top-10 list. She is tied for third in the SEC with 163 strikeouts this season.
LSU (37-13, 10-11 SEC) represents the seventh ranked opponent for the Razorbacks this season, and the fifth during SEC play. Friday’s series opener marks the 63rd meeting between the two teams with the Tigers owning a 53-9 advantage in the all-time series. Six of Arkansas’ wins have come on its home field in Fayetteville including two at Bogle Park. This weekend is the first Arkansas-LSU series in Fayetteville since the 2013 season.
The Tigers come to Fayetteville riding a seven-game winning streak including conference sweeps against Mississippi State and South Carolina. Bianka Bell is the top hitter in the LSU lineup with her .371 batting average and Sahvanna Jaquish leads the Tigers with 11 home runs and 55 RBI. In the circle, LSU has a trio of pitchers with at least eight wins headed by Carley Hoover is 14-6 with a 2.34 earned-run average and 161 strikeouts in 128.2 innings of work.
For more information about purchasing tickets for home games this season, call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151, email email@example.com or visit the Razorback Ticket Center located next to Baum Stadium. The ticket window opens one hour before first pitch of each home game. Follow @RazorbackSB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about Arkansas Softball.