FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore infielder Dayna Huckabee recorded her third home run of the season as the University of Arkansas softball team fell to Kansas, 2-1, Wednesday, April 5. The Jayhawks (20-10) defeated the Lady Razorbacks (17-23), 1-0, in the nightcap.
Arkansas softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton commended the pitching staff but was frustrated with the Lady’Back offense.
“Obviously, we had two great pitching performances from Blaire (Perry) and Katy (Henry), and when the game was on the line we didn’t get the hit or make the play defensively,” he said. “It’s disappointing to come out and get the pitching and have the opportunity to score and not come through.”
In the first game, Huckabee gave the Lady’Backs a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second inning. She is now tied for the team-high mark in home runs this season.
The Jayhawks took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when freshman outfielder Stevie Crisosto hit a two-run home run over the left field wall.
Arkansas scattered six hits in the game with senior outfielder Mindy O’Malley, junior outfielder Rachel LeMaster, freshman designated player Kayla Johnson and freshman infielder Sandra Smith recording singles. In the circle, senior Blaire Perry (5-7) threw a complete game in the loss while giving up five hits.
In the nightcap, the game was scoreless until the top of the seventh when Kansas hit a leadoff single and then scored on a Lady’Back defensive error.
The Arkansas offense struggled as Perry went 1-for-2 and was the only Lady’Back to record a hit. Sophomore Katy Henry (9-10) took the loss and collected 10 strikeouts and only allowed three hits.
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