COLUMBIA, Mo.—The University of Arkansas softball team dropped game one to the No. 8 Missouri Tigers, 9-0, in five innings on Friday in Columbia, Mo. at University Field.
Arkansas (26-16) was led at the plate by sophomore Devon Wallace. She went 1-for-1 at the plate and walked twice. The Hogs were only able to muster two hits to the Tigers’ 14.
“We have to let this one go,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “We have to learn from this game and do a better job of finishing innings.”
Wallace began the game with her NCAA-leading 53rd walk of the season. This tied the single-season walks record that Wallace set last season. Two batters later Chloe Oprzedek singled down the leftfield line, but the Razorbacks were unable to plate either runner.
The Tigers struck for two in their half of the first as Emily Crane singled to start the inning. Angela Randazzo also notched a single to put two on for Kelsea Roth. She drilled a ball off of Chelsea Cohen’s glove and reached on an infield single, Nicole Hudson scored on the play to put Missouri on the board first. Mackenzie Sykes followed the single with a two-out hit of her own to score Randazzo and give Missouri a 2-0 lead. Cohen battled back after a walk to Corrin Genovese loaded the bases for Carlie Rose. The freshman grounded out to Wallace at first and kept the Tigers’ damage to a minimum.
After both teams went scoreless in the second, Sykes drilled a one-out, solo-homerun into the leftfield woods in the third. Her 11th homerun of the year gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage. Two batters later, Rose notched a two-out single. Rachel Hay pinch hit and followed the single with a triple, scoring Rose from first. Crane rocketed a double on the next pitch, this scored Hay, and gave Missouri a 5-0 lead after the third.
Cohen again faced trouble in the fourth after walking Hudson to start the bottom of the inning. Randazzo then singled but was caught by Clarisa Navarro on the play as she cut the throw off from the outfield and threw out Randazzo for out number one. Roth then had her second hit of the day, a double that scored Hudson. After a Sykes infield single, Genovese reached on a fielder’s choice but Arkansas retired pinch-running Princess Krebs at home for out number two. Cohen worked a 3-2 count to Rose but she tapped an infield single. The hit scored Sykes and the Tigers’ sixth, two-out run of the day.
Wallace walked to start the fifth inning. This was her third time reaching base of the game and improved her .626 on base percentage. However, the Hogs were unable to plate the sophomore and the score stood at 7-0.
Hudson notched a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Randazzo then soared a ball into foul territory, Canfield ran down the ball and made a gorgeous catch for out number two. Roth ended the game two pitches later and soared a ball over the leftfield fence. The two-run bomb sent Missouri to a 9-0 win in five innings.Next up, Arkansas will continue its series against No. 8 Missouri. Game two is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. The series finale will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
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