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Razorbacks win two in thrilling fashion

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks win two in thrilling fashion

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball went 2-0 in its opening day of the Woo Pig Classic winning two thrilling games against Butler and Drake and improving its overall record to 14-2, with a perfect 8-0 at home.The Razorbacks opened the tournament taking on the Bulldogs of Butler. Arkansas fell behind early allowing one run to come in during the top of the first. Arkansas responded in the bottom of the second after sophomore, Jennifer Rambo was walked. She was brought home with a powerful double, hit down the right field line from sophomore, Chloe Oprzedek, tying the game at one.The game was stagnant for the next four innings with neither team able to bring a runner into scoring position. Oprzedek was clutch in the bottom of the seventh when she blasted out a walk-off homerun bringing in two runs to give the Razorbacks the 3-1 win. "Chloe went up to the plate with a killer attitude," said Head Coach Mike Larabee. "She took some really big swings and came up with a big homerun."Junior, Chelsea Cohen threw all seven innings grabbing three strikeouts and improving her record to 8-2 for the season.Arkansas was not finished exciting the crowd. In their second game of the day the Razorbacks allowed a homerun in the top of the first to give Drake the 2-0 lead. Arkansas once again did not shut down and came back in the bottom of the second to tie the game with two runs from sophomores, Ashley Martindale and Jennifer Rambo. Arkansas took the lead in the bottom of the third when freshman, Devon Wallace was brought home with a sacrifice fly from Rambo.The Bulldogs caught fire at the plate in the top of the fifth collecting three doubles while scoring four runs and taking the 6-3 lead. Arkansas responded immediately in the bottom of the fifth loading the bases after sophomore, Amanda Geile, Rambo and Martindale were walked. With no communication from the left and center fielders, Oprzedek dropped a ball between them allowing Geile to score. A sacrifice fly from sophomore, Jayme Gee brought home Rambo making the score 5-6.Senior, Tori Mort, pinch hitting for junior, Linnea Ketcher, had a clutch single advancing Martindale and Oprzedek; once again loading the bases.Wallace was then walked, advancing Martindale home tying the game at six. The Razorbacks regained the lead with a single from sophomore, Clarisa Navarro which brought home Oprzedek. By the end of the fifth inning both teams had put four runs on the board giving the Razorbacks the 7-6 lead."The fifth inning was crazy," said Larabee. "So many of our players stepped up and got some big hits for us."Oprzedek sealed the game and collected her second homerun on the day in the bottom of the sixth when she cleared the right field fence with feet to spare giving Arkansas the 8-6 lead.Cohen came in and finished off the Bulldogs at the plate recording her first career save. Time in the circle was shared by three pitchers, Cohen and freshmen, Kimmy Beasley and Ciara Clampitt. Beasley started in the circle and was given the win improving her record to 4-0."Things are going our way right now," said Larabee. "I think because of our work ethic and the belief we have in each other we are winning these tight games."The Woo Pig Classic wraps up tomorrow with Arkansas taking on IUPUI at 10:30 a.m. followed by the third place game being played at 1 p.m. and the Championship Game at 3:30 p.m. Seeds for the tournament will be determined based on the pool play from the earlier games. There will be a live blog and live stats for both games that can be found on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



Sports Category : Softball