OXFORD, Miss. – Including the first-career home run by freshman Haydi Bugarin, the University of Arkansas softball team tallied 10 hits Friday night in a 10-7 road loss at Ole Miss. The Razorbacks also collected multi-hit performances from Claire Clark, Shelby Hiers and Loren Krzysko. It marked the 13th time had 10 or more hits in a game this season. The two teams resume the weekend set Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT).
In what will be Arkansas’ 11th television appearance of the season, game two will be televised on the SEC Network with Melissa Lee and Leigh Ross handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. The game will also be streamed live on SEC Network+ through the WatchESPN app with live stats available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Trailing by two after one, Arkansas (17-30, 1-15 SEC) put together a four-run second inning to go ahead on the scoreboard. With Krzysko and Tori Cooper on first and third, Bugarin deposited the 1-0 offering from Ole Miss starter Elisha Jahnke over the fence in deep left center. The three-run blast was the Razorbacks’ 44th home run of the season. Hiers capped the frame with an RBI double that scored Autumn Russell from second base.
In the third inning, Nicole Schroeder went opposite field for a single down the line in right field to extend her hitting streak to seven games. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native has hit safely in 10 of Arkansas’ last 11 games. The base knock also pushed Schroeder’s on-base streak to 11 games in a row, a career-long streak.
Ole Miss (32-15, 7-9 SEC) responded with six runs over the next two innings to take an 8-4 lead. The Razorbacks committed two of their three errors in that stretch and the home team took advantage. The Rebels’ four-run third was highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Dakota Matiko.
With runners on first and third and two outs in the fifth, Krzysko kept the inning alive and drove in a run with a single to right field. Schroeder, on for a second time with a fielder’s choice, scored on the play; Krzysko moved to second on the throw to the plate. The Razorbacks tacked on two more runs on an errant throw to first on a Bugarin ground ball to shortstop. Clark and Krzysko both scored before Bugarin was thrown out trying to advance to second.
Having seen their lead trimmed to one, the Rebels pushed their advantage back to three with a two-run base hit by pinch hitter Sarah Van Schaik in the sixth inning. Despite a two-out single by Clark in the top of the seventh, Arkansas couldn’t generate a comeback and dropped the weekend opener.
After their current road trip to Oxford and a midweek trip to Oklahoma State, the Razorbacks close out their home schedule next weekend with a three-game SEC series against No. 14/15 LSU. For information about purchasing tickets for home games this season, call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151 or visit the Razorback Ticket Center located next to Baum Stadium. Follow @RazorbackSB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about Arkansas Softball.