FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team closed out its season Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to No. 7/5 Florida at Bogle Park. Stephanie Canfield, Amanda Geile and Devon Wallace each had hits in the series finale against the Gators. Arkansas ends the season with a 27-28 overall record and a 5-19 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Prior to the game, the Razorbacks honored Geile with her Senior Day ceremony.
At season’s end, the 2014 team becomes the first in program history to post a batting average of .300 or higher. Overall, Arkansas established or tied single-season school records in batting average (.304), triples (14), RBI (325), slugging percentage (.484), on-base percentage (.410), runs (359), walks (231) and sacrifice flies (15).
Facing a four-run deficit entering the bottom of the fourth, the Razorbacks put together its first rally of the game starting with a lead-off double by Canfield. Arkansas had runners at first and second with two outs after a walk to Kasey Fagan. Wallace came through with a single down the line in right field to drive in Canfield for the team’s only run.
Down to their final three outs, the Razorbacks attempted another rally. The home team had runners on first and second with one out after a walk to Wallace and single off the bat of Geile. However, the game came to an end on a ground ball chopped to third base which started a double play.
Florida (45-10, 15-9 SEC) scored four runs on three hits in the third inning to take the early advantage on the scoreboard. Three of the runs came on a home run by Gator designated hitter Lauren Haeger. Arkansas starter Sydney Wright worked the first three innings of Sunday’s game before being relieved by Grace Moll for the final four frames. The four innings for Moll represent her longest relief appearance of the conference season.
• Stephanie Canfield recorded her 63rd hit of the season with lead-off double in the fourth inning
o Tied with Dana Gulick (2000) for eighth-highest single-season total
• Kasey Fagan drew the team’s 230th walk of the season in the fourth inning
o Broke school single-season record of 229 set by the 2013 team
• Jayme Gee threw out her SEC-leading 16 base runner of the season
o 59th of her career, one shy of program record
• Devon Wallace extended streak of reaching base safely to 29 games with single in fourth inning
o Had at least one hit or walk in 52 of 55 games this season
o Tied with Adrienne Monka (2009-12) of Northwestern for eighth place in NCAA history with 190 career walks
• Increased school-record total to 359 runs scored this season
• Increased school-record total to 325 RBI this season
• Senior Day Heroics
o May 4 (Geile) vs. No. 7/5 Florida: Singled in last at-bat of her career, 40th hit of the season
o May 3 (Martindale) vs. No. 7/5 Florida: first two hits, start of the season
o May 2 (Gee) vs. No. 7/5 Florida: threw out SEC-leading 15th base runner of the season
o April 12 (Oprzedek) vs. South Carolina: hit 20th career home run with solo shot in the second inning
o April 11 (Rambo) vs. South Carolina: scored three runs including game winner in the seventh inning
o March 15 (Navarro) vs. No. 2/4 Tennessee: game-winning RBI double in the seventh inning
• 11th single game/series this season against an opponent ranked or receiving votes in national polls
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