ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Arkansas softball team opened conference play Saturday afternoon with an 8-0 road loss at No. 8 Georgia. With the setback, the Razorbacks are now 16-3 overall and 0-1 in SEC play.
The Razorbacks return to Turner Stadium on Sunday evening for game two of the conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPNU with Pam Ward and Carol Bruggeman on the call. Arkansas’ next home game is next weekend—March 16-18—when the team hosts the Wooo Pig Classic at Bogle Park.
FINAL: #11 Georgia 8, Arkansas 0 | Box Score
The Razorbacks’ offense was held in check by Georgia starter Brittany Gray who allowed just one hit on the day, a two-out single to junior Ashley Diaz in the first inning. From that point, Arkansas was kept off the bases until senior Loren Krzysko led off the fifth with a walk. She was erased on a fielder’s choice and the next two hitters were retired to keep the Razorbacks off the scoreboard.
Georgia (20-1, 1-0 SEC) scored twice in the first inning with a solo home run and an obstruction call at the plate on a double steal. Starter Autumn Storms worked around a two-out double in the second to keep the deficit at just two runs but the home team opened the third with back-to-back homers to push its lead to 4-0.
Sophomore Caroline Hedgcock entered the game and with the help of two strikeouts, retired the next three to get out of the inning. She tallied another pair of strikeouts in the fourth and worked the staff’s first 1-2-3 inning of the game before Georgia got to her in the fifth. Hedgcock had two outs with a runner on third when the Bulldogs put together a string of hits to score four runs and secure the run-rule win.
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