FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a re-scheduled game from earlier this season, the University of Arkansas softball team is set to host Missouri State Tuesday evening in a midweek matchup scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) at Bogle Park. The two teams were originally scheduled to play March 9. General admission is $5 while all students (with valid UA ID) and fans 17 years and younger get in free.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ with live stats available through ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Follow the team’s social media accounts for fan promotions including an opportunity for complimentary admission to the Arkansas-Missouri State game and a chance to win a pair of Beats headphones.
Arkansas and Missouri State will be meeting for the 38th time in a series which dates back to the inaugural season of the program in 1997. The Razorbacks own a 19-18 advantage including wins in five of the past six games dating back to the 2010 season. Arkansas has won 11 of the 16 games played in Fayetteville.
As a team, the Razorbacks enter the week with a .281 batting average. While the team sits fourth in the SEC with 35 home runs, the defense has tallied 17 double plays which is tied for the second in the league. Arkansas turned four double plays during its series against No. 15/12 Kentucky last weekend at Bogle Park. Freshman Ashley Diaz continues to lead the team with her .418 batting average and 10 home runs, both top-12 marks in the conference.
In Sunday’s game against Kentucky, Diaz posted her 13th multi-hit game of the season. Diaz is followed in production by junior Shelby Hiers who is hitting .346 with seven home runs through the Razorbacks’ first 32 games. With a lead-off walk Sunday, she reached base safely for the ninth-straight game and has been on in 20 of the past 21 games. Grace Moll leads the pitching staff with nine wins and recently collected her 200th career strikeout.
Missouri State comes to Fayetteville with a 12-16 mark this season. The Bears’ offense is led by Olivia Roark and Madison Jones who are hitting .385 and .325, respectively. The power numbers belong to Erin Duewel who paces the team with five home runs and 19 RBI. In the circle, Erin Struemph leads the Missouri State pitching staff with six wins and 85 strikeouts in 79 innings of work.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Razorbacks will resume their SEC schedule with a weekend road trip to College Station to face No. 8/4 Texas A&M. The three-game series begins Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex. Games two and three of the series will be on the SEC Network with Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively.
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.