TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Arkansas softball team fell 9-0 in five innings in the series finale against No. 1 Alabama on Sunday afternoon. The Razorbacks move to 10-24 on the season and 1-12in Southeastern Conference play after the Crimson Tide swept the three-game series.
Freshman Jayme Gee went 2-2 on the day with a single to right center and another base hit up the left line. Fellow Freshman Macy Burr also earned a base hit in the second inning for Arkansas with a single through the infield.
"I feel pretty good about the way we competed," head coach Mike Larabee said. "We are just not at that level yet. Alabama is just a better hitting team and better at the short game than us."
Arkansas kept the top-ranked Tide scoreless until the third inning when an error by the Razorback outfield allowed three runs to score. A bomb by the Alabama designated player scored two more runs in the inning to bring the score to 5-0.
The Razorbacks allowed four more runs in the fourth off two singles and a sacrifice fly. Senior Kim Jones started the game for the Razorbacks with three complete innings. She was relieved by senior Layne McGuirt who struck out two in her single inning in the circle. She allowed just one earned run in the game for Arkansas.
"I just love the way that Becca Carden is playing right now," Larabee said. "She has come out with some big hits for us and showing some good leadership play. Gee is also doing great offensively and defensively. She is doing a great job."
The Hogs rounded out the day with a single by Jessica Robison and a hit up to third by Burr to reach on an error by the Alabama first baseman.
Arkansas now sets its sights on the 2011 Border War against Oklahoma State and Tulsa on Wednesday, March 30 in Stillwater, Okla.