FAYETTEVILLE-The University of Arkansas softball team, now 23-19 overall and 4-15 in the Southeastern Conference will travel to Auburn, Ala. to play a three-game series with against the Tigers beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.
Arkansas is on a four game winning streak that began last week at Kentucky, winning the second game of the doubleheader. The Razorbacks then went on to defeat UT-Martin twice last weekend and also grabbed a mid-week victory over UMKC.
The Razorbacks are led at the plate by sophomore Clarisa Navarro and freshman Devon Wallace who have a combined total of 84 hits, 15 of them being home runs. Navarro is batting .353 on the season while Wallace is at .327.
Sophomore’s Jayme Gee and Jennifer Rambo both are running on their longest hitting streaks of the season, Gee with six and Rambo with five. Both have recorded at least two home runs in the past two weeks, Gee with a grand slam against Mississippi State and Rambo hit three while at Kentucky, to help the Razorbacks to victories.
Auburn has an overall record of 26-18 and 5-14 in the SEC. The Tigers are on a seven game losing streak after being swept in the series against Florida and Tennessee while also dropping the last game in the series to Ole Miss.
The Tigers are led at the plate by senior Lauren Guzman who is batting .359 on the season collecting 52 hits. In the circle, Auburn has a trio of seniors leading the way in Angel Bunner, Lauren Schmalz and Jenee Loree. The three pitchers combined have thrown a total of 291.1 innings in their senior seasons with Bunner collecting the most wins, thus far, with a record of 11-4.
"Auburn has a very experience pitching staff," says head coach Mike Larabee. "So we need to come out and swing the bat like we have been these past few weeks."
Auburn has recorded its five conference wins by stealing a game each from Kentucky, LSU and Georgia, while defeating Ole Miss twice.
This will be the 49th-51st meetings between the two programs with Auburn leading the series 28-20 with the last game being played last year in Fayetteville where Auburn took all three games.
"It all starts in the circle," says Larabee. "We tell our pitchers to try and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win."
The series will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams will meet up again on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then wrap up the series at noon on Sunday. The Sunday game will be televised on Fox Sports South.
There will be a live blog and live stats available for all the games at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.