LAFAYETTE, La. – The University of Arkansas softball team (2-2) came up short against host Ragin’ Cajuns 14-1 in game one of the day and dropped its second game against Sam Houston State 9-6 in a walk-off 3 run homer at the 25th Annual Louisiana Classic on Saturday at Lamson Park.
The Cajuns picked up five runs off two home runs before Layne McGuirt halted the Ragin’ Cajuns with the final out. Sophomore Courtney Breault came up with the only run for the Razorbacks crossing the plate after she walked onto first. The Hogs got on the board in the second courtesy of a wild pitch to bring in Breault and make the score 5-1.
"We knew going in that we were going to have to play to our full potential today," head coach Mike Larabee said. "They out played us today, I didn’t think we competed as well as yesterday, but we will come out and play at a better level later today."
The Cajuns cushioned their lead by adding three runs in the top of the fourth and picked up six more runs in their half of the fifth inning to bring the final score 14-1.
In game two for the Razorbacks, SHSU got off to a solid start in the first inning picking up three runs off a deep home run to left field. The Hogs answered back in their half of the second inning with a solo shot from Breault to make the score 3-1.
"Courtney Breault has been a real surprise," Larabee said. "She is really doing a great job for our offense."
The Hogs picked up the lead for the first time of the day after the top of the fifth inning. Three runs in the fifth brought the score to 4-3 for Arkansas. That lead did not last long however, before the Bearkats came back to the plate and scored three runs of their own to put six runs on the board.
Tori Mort doubled to the wall in the sixth to bring in two runs for the Hogs and tie the game at six. Mort finished the day with three hits and three RBI for the Razorbacks.
Hope McLemore guided the Hogs into extra innings, before the Bearkats ended the game with a walk-off home run, giving McLemore her first loss on the season.
"I loved the way our kids kept fighting back," Larabee said," but we really did not give ourselves a chance to win tonight."
The Razorbacks wrap up the 25th Annual Louisiana Classic on Sunday against Rhode Island at 10 a.m. before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic Feb. 18-20.