KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Freshman shortstop Dayna Huckabee paced the Arkansas softball team with two hits against No. 4 Tennessee.
The Lady Razorbacks fell to the Lady Volunteers 6-0 and 2-1, Sunday, April 3, at Tyson Park in Knoxville, Tenn.
Arkansas softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton said he was pleased with his team’s performance as the Lady’Backs continue to challenge some of the best competition in the Southeastern Conference and nation.
“I think since the first game of the Georgia series we’ve played really well,” Pinkerton said. “I was happy with how Valanna (Lyons) threw. Our goal was to put the ball in play and we did that.”
In the second game, sophomore right fielder Rachel LeMaster started the game for the Lady’Backs with an infield single to third base but she was left stranded.
Tennessee scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on one hit to lead 1-0.
The Lady’Backs tried to tie the game in the top of the second inning, when Huckabee doubled down the right field line.
Junior third baseman Barbara-Jean Southmayd followed with a single up the middle. Huckabee attempted to score from second but was thrown out at home.
Arkansas used two hits in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 1-1 when LeMaster recorded her second hit of the game.
With LeMaster at second base after advancing on junior centerfielder Mindy O’Malley’s groundout, sophomore second baseman Kallie Foglesong scored LeMaster with a RBI-single.
Tennessee used another two-rally to take the lead 2-1 and score one run on two hits in the bottom of the third inning to break the 1-1.
In the top of the seventh inning, Arkansas had the tying run on base when junior catcher Shana Easley singled but freshman pinch runner Heather Rankin couldn’t score.
In the first game after three and half scoreless innings, the Lady Vols opened up the game with a two-out rally. Tennessee took a 4-0 lead on five hits.
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Topham replaced freshman pitcher Katy Henry in the bottom of the fifth inning after the Lady Vols continued their offensive surge with a sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler leadoff home run.
Tennessee added two runs on one hit to 6-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
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