STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of Arkansas softball team and Oklahoma State were tied through five innings but a three-run sixth for the Cowgirls was the difference in a 4-1 loss Tuesday afternoon in Stillwater. Tori Cooper drove in the Razorbacks’ run with a third-inning double while Autumn Russell registered her eighth multi-hit game of the season. In the setback, starter Grace Moll moved to 10th place on the program’s career strikeouts list.
The home team had the bases loaded with no outs in the first inning but Moll limited the damage to one run thanks to three strikeouts. Arkansas (17-33) struck for its only run of the game and tied the score on Cooper’s two-base knock to left center. With Shelby Hiers standing on first, Cooper drilled her fifth double of the season to the wall which allowed her teammate to score on a bang-bang play at the plate.
After a shaky first, Moll settled in and retired 12-consecutive Oklahoma State hitters before giving up a two-out walk in the fifth inning. However, the Cowgirls opened the sixth frame with three doubles that gave them the lead. Taylor Lynch drove in the final run with an RBI single. Moll got out of the inning with her sixth strikeout of the game.
Tuesday’s outing marked the 12th time Moll has totaled at least six strikeouts in a game. She has tallied 163 strikeouts this season and surpassed Chelsea Cohen (2010-13) on Arkansas’ all-time strikeouts list. Moll entered the game tied for fourth in the SEC in strikeouts.
In the team’s final at-bat, pinch hitter Haydi Bugarin opened the seventh inning by drawing a walk. After a one-out base hit to left field by Russell, the Razorbacks had runners on first and second. However, Oklahoma State starter Kacy Freeze got the final two outs of the game with a popup on the infield and a strikeout.
The Razorbacks now return to Bogle Park for their home finale, an SEC weekend hosting No. 12/14 LSU beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m. (CT). General admission for all home games is $5 while students with valid UA ID and fans 17 years and younger get in free. The ticket window opens one hour before first pitch of each home game. Follow @RazorbackSB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about Arkansas Softball.