LAWRENCE, Kan.-Freshman shortstop Dayna Huckabee led the Arkansas softball team with four hits against the University of Kansas, Tuesday, April 26, in Lawrence, Kan.
The Lady Razorbacks (19-37) fell to the Jayhawks (24-19) 7-2 and 6-5 at Arrocha Park as Kansas broke Arkansas’ four-game winning streak.
Arkansas softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton said he was pleased with his offense as the Lady’Backs collected 17 hits in the doubleheader.
“I liked the way we’ve hit the ball the last month and this series was no exception,” Pinkerton said. “Basically, we just had a bad inning in each game.”
Arkansas opened the first game with a 1-0 lead on two hits in the top of the first inning. Sophomore right fielder Rachel LeMaster hit a leadoff, infield single. She advanced to second base on junior center fielder Mindy O’Malley’s sacrifice bunt and the Lady’Backs took the lead on sophomore second baseman Kallie Foglesong’s RBI single.
Kansas answered quickly as the Jayhawks tied the game on junior right fielder Heather Stanley’s leadoff, center field home run to even the score at 1-1.
The Jayhawks added another run to take their first lead 2-1 of the game on two hits in the bottom of the second inning.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Huckabee hit her first career triple. Freshman first baseman Samantha Buckner followed with single up the middle to score Huckabee to cut into the Kansas lead 4-2.
In four complete innings, freshman pitcher Katy Henry (7-13) recorded seven strikeouts but took the loss as she gave up nine hits.
Game two began the same way as the first when the Lady’Backs scored first to take a 1-0 lead on three hits including a double by O’Malley in the top of the first inning.
The Kansas offense was sparked in the bottom of the inning as the Jayhawks scored four runs on four hits to lead 4-1.
Down 6-1 in the top of the seventh inning, the Lady’Backs charged back as they scored four runs on three hits. Huckabee and Foglesong doubled.
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Topham (4-6) recorded the loss as she finished with three strikeouts in five innings before Henry replaced her.
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