SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-The University of Arkansas softball team concluded the Mustang Roundup with 6-4 loss to Colorado State, Sunday, Feb. 6, as the Lady Razorbacks finished 2-3 in the tournament.
Sophomore second basemen Kallie Foglesong and junior center fielder Mindy O’Malley were all-tournament team selections.
Arkansas took a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning but gave up four runs on four hits. Starting sophomore pitcher Sarah Topham recorded a no-decision as junior Valanna Lyons (1-2) took the loss giving up two hits and two runs.
Head coach Jamie Pinkerton he was pleased with the Lady’Backs offense but they couldn’t defeat the Mountain West Champions for a second time.
“We came out and hit well but we made some mental errors that allowed them to take extra bases,” Pinkerton said.
The Lady’Backs opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning as senior shortstop Blaire Perry hit a leadoff bunt then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch.
Sophomore Kallie Foglesong singled to shortstop scoring Perry. Senior Ashley Carter flied out to center field scoring Foglesong to give the Lady’Backs a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas scored another run in the third inning as Carter recorded her second RBI of the game on a single to second base.
Colorado State scored the in top of the fourth inning as sophomore designed player Jessica Strickland began the inning with a leadoff triple to right center field. Senior catcher Karry Farrell singled up the middle to score Strickland.
The Lady’Backs final score came in the bottom of the fifth inning when freshman designed player Dayna Huckabee hit a two-out, bases-loaded singled to right field scoring O’Malley.
Colorado State opened the seventh inning with two hits before Lyons replaced Topham.
Both of Topham’s runs scored before Lyons allowed two runs as the Lady’Backs then trailed Colorado State 6-4.
Arkansas stalled in the bottom of the seventh inning as Colorado State retired the first three Lady’Back batters.
Pinkerton said he was happy with the Lady’Backs start this season with a team that includes six freshmen.
“There were a lot more positive than negatives this weekend,” Pinkerton said.
The Lady’Backs travel to New Mexico State, Feb. 11-13, for the Las Cruses Hilton Classic.
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