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Late game rally not enough

Late game rally not enough

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks picked up a sixth inning rally to plate their first run of the game, but it was not enough to beat out the 10 runs scored by the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Bogle Park, giving the Tigers a 10-1 win over Arkansas in game two of the three-game series.

Arkansas is now 1-14 in Southeastern Conference play and moves to 10-27 on the season. A slower start for the Razorbacks brought the first hit in the bottom of the second. A base hit from freshman Jennifer Rambo to lead off the home half of the second inning put the Razorbacks in scoring position, before three strikeouts followed to close the inning.

"I thought Kim (Jones) pitched pretty well," head coach Mike Larabee said. "I don’t think the score was indicative of the way she played. On defense, we didn’t cover some bases today and didn’t make some plays. When you are not scoring a lot of runs, you have to be pretty perfect on defense."

Senior Kim Jones collected three strikeouts on the day, two coming in the first two innings. She closed the first inning with a strikeout and opening the second in the same fashion. An unassisted double play by Stephanie Brewer gave the Razorbacks their first two outs of the game in the first. Brewer caught the line out to the first base line and tagged up at first for the force out.

LSU did score the first run of the day off and single to left field to bring in the runner at second during the first inning. Three hits in the second brought the score to 2-0 after two complete innings, and Arkansas answered backs with a single up the third base line by Becca Carden in the third to beat out the throw to first for a base hit.

Arkansas attempted to rally back in the sixth with a standing double by catcher Jayme Gee. Rambo came up with her second hit of the day, a single to left field before junior Tori Mort came in to pinch run for Gee and freshman Macy Burr stepped to the plate.

The Razorbacks plated their first run since game-two of the Alabama series with Burr’s first RBI of her Razorback career. The freshman hit a bunt between the plate and the circle and was just fast enough to beat out the throw and advance Mort across the plate.

"We finally scored a run late in the game and that is nice," Larabee said. "Hopefully we can carry that into tomorrow and try to just break out and just come out and play for some pride tomorrow. We have to reach deep and come out and perform at the best level you can perform."

The Razorbacks look to pull away from the six-game slump and pick up the first win at Bogle Park this season on Sunday, April 3. The game will close out the weekend series against LSU with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.

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