FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With 20 games of non-conference play in the books, the University of Arkansas softball team opens SEC competition this weekend with a road trip to Knoxville to face No. 16 Tennessee. The three-game series begins Friday at 5 p.m. (CT) at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Winners in four of their last five, the Razorbacks enter this weekend’s games with an 11-9 record.
All-Time Series vs Tennessee
Friday’s opener will be the 48th meeting in the all-time series between Arkansas and Tennessee (17-5). The Lady Vols own a 33-14 advantage including an 18-2 mark on their home field. Despite the losing record in overall series, the Razorbacks have won at least one in each of the past three series played between the two programs. The teams last played in 2014 at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.
Junior Grace Moll took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Arkansas’ March 6 win over Wright State. She had six strikeouts and gave just a long single to right field with one out in the seventh. With the complete-game shutout, Moll recorded her fourth win of the Wooo Pig Classic weekend. She was bidding for her second career no-hitter (2/21/14 vs. Eastern Michigan).
Arkansas scored a season-high 15 runs behind another season high of 20 hits in the team’s back-and-forth win over Buffalo (March 4) at Bogle Park. Redshirt junior Nicole Schroeder provided the final blow with a walk-off two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was the Razorbacks’ eighth game of the season with at least seven runs, and fourth with 10+ runs.
Here Comes the Big Inning
The Razorbacks’ offense has generated four or more runs in nine separate innings this year. Three of those innings came in the team’s 15-14 win over Buffalo (March 4). For the fourth time, Arkansas scored five runs in one inning during the win over the Bulls.
Entering the first weekend of conference play, junior Parker Pocklington is tied for the SEC lead with six sacrifice bunts while freshman Ashley Diaz is tops among league players with four sac flies.
Season tickets are now on sale for $45 through the Razorback Ticket Center. For more information about purchasing season tickets, call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Razorback Ticket Center located next to Baum Stadium. For more information about Arkansas softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter.