Waco, Texas – On its first day of play in the 2012 season, the University of Arkansas softball team gathered a 16-3 win against Belmont and a 4-1 loss against UTA, in the Getterman Classic, in Waco Texas.The Razorbacks started their day off right by scoring 11 runs off of eight hits in the first inning against Belmont. The first eight batters up to the plate eventually crossed home for a score in that inning. Four more runs were brought in in the fourth inning. Belmont got on the board in the fifth, scoring three runs, but that was not enough to keep them in the game. The game ended in five at 16-3 with 15 hits from the Razorbacks.
"I thought the girls came out fired up and ready to go," said Head Coach Mike Larabee. "We put up 11 runs in the first inning; that is a team that is pumped and ready to play".
Freshman, Katie Harrison led the team in hits. She was 4-4 at the plate which included three singles, six RBI and a homerun. Freshmen Sierra Bronkey and Devon Wallace also contributed two hits each and a combined total of seven RBI.In the circle, freshman Kimmy Beasley started and collected her first win as a Razorback. She threw four innings with six strikeouts, no runs, no walks and only allowed three hits. "I am very proud of Kimmy," said Larabee. "She was very dominant in the circle and threw a phenomenal game."
Arkansas took on the UTA Mavericks in its second game of the day. The first two innings went quick until the Razorbacks had the bases loaded in the bottom of the second. Unable to bring anyone home they left all three on base. Sparked by walks and errors committed by the Razorbacks, UTA was able to bring in four runs in the top of the fourth with only two hits. "We left nine runners on base," said Larabee. "We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of."Senior Tori Mort was the only Razorback to cross home plate in the second game when she hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.Junior Chelsea Cohen and freshman Ciara Clampitt shared time in the circle in the second game Cohen pitching five and Clampitt two.
The Razorbacks are back in action tomorrow when they take on Iowa at 10 a.m. and then #7 Baylor at 12:30 p.m. Arkansas closes tournament play on Sunday when it takes on Wichita State at 11 a.m. Live stats and a live blog will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com for all of the games.
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