FAYETTEVILLE- The Arkansas Razorbacks came up victorious once again in the Arkansas Fastpitch Invitational, defeating Jackson State 5-4 and Northwestern State 6-0, improving their overall record to 10-2.The Razorbacks began their first game of the day trailing Jackson State 2-0 after the Tigers shortstop blasted a homerun over the left field wall.The second and third innings were quiet for both teams. Sophomore Amanda Geile singled in the fourth followed by an array of wild pitches and two errors committed by Jackson State. This allowed for freshman Alyssa Bass (pinch running for Geile) and sophomore Ashley Martindale to come home, tying the game at two.Wild pitches plagued the Tigers again in the sixth inning allowing the Razorbacks to score three more runs and giving them a 5-2 lead. First baseman, Jennifer Rambo and Geile both recorded a double during the sixth. Freshman Ciara Clampitt got her second start in the circle as a Razorback, pitching 4.1 innings and recording four strikeouts. Freshman Kimmy Beasley was brought in in the fifth throwing five strikeouts including a clutch seventh inning giving her the win and improving her record to 3-0.
"One thing I am starting to love about our team is their fight," said Head Coach Mike Larabee. "I have started calling them the cardiac kids with so many come from behind victories this season."
After pool play was finished, Arkansas was given the No. 1 seed going into the semifinals. Tennessee State was given the No.2 seed, Jackson State the No. 3 seed and Northwestern State the No. 4 seed. Being the No. 1 seed they took on No. 4 Northwestern State while the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds played.
The Razorbacks brought power in the third inning beginning with senior Tori Mort hitting a triple off the outfield wall. Freshman, Devon Wallace was very patient at the plate against the Demons and got on base with a walk after Mort’s triple. Sophomore, Clarisa Navarro brought in Mort with a single giving the Razorbacks the 1-0 lead. Freshman Sierra Bronkey got on base with a fielder’s choice, which put Navarro out at second. Then Geile came up to the plate and slammed one out of the park bringing home three runs including her own. With that homerun, she passes her own season record from last year of two, giving her five homeruns for her career. Wallace decided to add to the hitting spree in the sixth inning grabbing a homerun bringing in sophomore, Jayme Gee who had been walked, which gave the Razorbacks a 6-0 lead.
Northwestern State had no response on offense and Arkansas went on to win the game 6-0.
Junior Chelsea Cohen recorded her fifth win on the year pitching all seven innings. Cohen allowed only five hits and gave up no runs and no walks.
"Chelsea played very well tonight," said Larabee. "I was very pleased by her performance in the circle."The Razorbacks will be back in action tomorrow where they will face Jackson State in the Championship game at 12:30 p.m. A live blog and live stats can be found on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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