FAYETTEVILLE-After honoring seniors Ashley Carter and Zenobia Davison, the Arkansas softball team (19-35, 4-19) recorded its second run-rule in as many days as the Lady Razorbacks defeated Kentucky (19-35, 3-20) 10-2 in five innings, Sunday, April 24, at Lady’Back Yard.
With the win, Arkansas recorded its first sweep of the season in Southeastern Conference play. The Kentucky sweep also marks the first SEC sweep for the Lady’Backs since 2002.
Arkansas head coach Jamie Pinkerton said he was excited with his team’s play especially the improvement of the pitching staff.
“We are getting better,” Pinkerton said. “The hitting has been consistent throughout the year and the pitching is coming along and we’ve been solid defensively.”
For the first time in the series, the Lady’Backs trailed when Kentucky scored two runs on one hit and two walks to lead 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
Arkansas answered in the bottom with one run on two hits. Junior center fielder Mindy O’Malley and junior catcher Shana Easley singled before Carter’s sacrifice fly scored O’Malley.
The Lady’Back offense continued in the second inning as they scored seven runs on four hits and three Wildcat errors.
With an 8-2 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady’Backs needed two runs to end the game and freshman shortstop Dayna Huckabee recorded the game-ending RBI as she drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Sophomore second baseman Kallie Foglesong, sophomore pitcher Sarah Topham, Huckabee and O’Malley finished with two hits.
Topham (4-5) earned the win as she allowed four hits and two earned runs in her second complete game of the season.
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