FAYETTEVILLE- The Arkansas softball team fell in the final game of the weekend series against Louisiana State on Sunday 1-0. The Razorbacks drop to 10-28 on the season and1-15 in the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas senior Layne McGuirt threw 5.1 innings for the Razorbacks and tallied her 31st strikeout of the season with three on the day against LSU. McGuirt allowed just four hits and held the game scoreless until the Tigers half of the fifth inning. Fellow senior Kim Jones came in as the relief in the sixth to hold LSU to just one run and pick up a strikeout while allowing just one hit in her 1.2 innings in the circle for Arkansas.
"For Layne to come out and throw the game that she did, that’s a real positive," Arkansas coach Mike Larabee said. "And Kim coming in a keeping them at one run was a positive as well."
Arkansas had just three hits against the Tigers and 11 Razorbacks struck out against the sophomore pitcher. Senior Becca Carden opened the first inning with a single up the left line and stole second to bring her season total to eight on nine attempts.
"We had way too many strikeouts today," Larabee said. "That’s just inexcusable. We did have a lot of positives today though. I thought we came out pretty good and gave ourselves a chance there putting the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh."
The Razorbacks held LSU to a 0-0 ball game until the fifth when a single to center scored the runner sitting on second after reaching base on a walk. McGuirt came back to close the inning with a strikeout and give the Hogs a chance to come back.
McGuirt led off the second inning for the Razorbacks with a single to second base to beat out the throw at first. It took until the home half of the seventh for the Hogs to collect the third hit of the day. Sophomore Linnea Ketcher hit a base hit out to left field to bring the winning run to the plate for Arkansas.
Freshman Jayme Gee hit a short ball up to third, but McGuirt came back to put the ball in play once again, but her fly ball was caught out in center to end the game 1-0 for LSU.
The Razorbacks continue at Bogle Park for a single game against Missouri State on Wednesday, April 6. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m.