BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Arkansas softball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday morning with an 8-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in five innings. Seniors Kasey Fagan and Megan Pearson paced the offense against LIU with four RBI and three hits, respectively, while freshman Allison Stewart registered the complete-game shutout. The Razorbacks capped the day with a 4-3 loss to Kansas.
Arkansas (1-3) returns to action Sunday morning for its final game of the 2015 FAU Kickoff Classic, facing Georgia Tech at 10:15 a.m. (CT) before heading back to Fayetteville. The two teams last faced each other during the 2010 season.
Arkansas 8, LIU Brooklyn 0 (5 innings)
After Stewart worked out of a two-on, one out jam in the top half of the first inning, the Razorbacks tallied a pair of runs on an RBI double off the bat of Stephanie Canfield. Fagan and Devon Wallace scored on the play after reaching on back-to-back walks. Arkansas built its lead to 4-0 with runs in the third and fourth innings behind an RBI base hit by Loren Krzysko and sacrifice fly by Fagan.
In her first start, Stewart allowed just three hits with a strikeout and just one walk. She benefitted from 12 fly- or pop-ball outs including five putouts by Canfield in center field. The Razorbacks put the game away with a four spot in their half of the fifth inning. Rachel Box opened the scoring with a pinch-hit single and later with the bases loaded, Fagan ended the game with a triple to the wall in center. All runs in the fifth were scored with two outs.
Kansas 4, Arkansas 3
Trailing by one entering the top of the third, the Razorbacks registered a trio of RBI singles to take a 3-1 lead. The base hits came off the bats of Nicole Schroeder, Loren Krzysko and Box in another pinch-hit opportunity. Despite threats by both teams, the score held steady until Kansas plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stewart, Saturday morning’s winning pitcher, came in to record the final out of the frame with the bases loaded.
Sydney Wright made her second start of the season and allowed one run over 3.1 innings before giving way to Grace Moll in the fourth. Neither team was able to scratch across any runs in the fourth or fifth innings. Stewart, making her second appearance of the day, took the loss on a game-winning single by the Jayhawks in the bottom of the seventh. Both teams left 10 runners on base in the game.
• First-ever meeting between Arkansas and LIU Brooklyn
• Kasey Fagan registered 13th multi-RBI game of her career vs. LIU Brooklyn
o Third career game with at least four RBI
o Recorded 50th, 51st career RBI in fifth inning
• Megan Pearson recorded first three-hit game of her career vs. LIU Brooklyn
o Second career multi-hit game (first since freshman year, 2012)
• Devon Wallace has reached base safely in 33-consecutive games, dating back to end of 2014 season
o Sole possession of eighth place in NCAA history with 198 career walks
o Scored 150th career run in first inning vs. LIU Brooklyn
• Career Firsts
o RBI > Rachel Box (single, fifth inning vs. LIU Brooklyn)
o RBI > Loren Krzysko (single, third inning vs. LIU Brooklyn)
o Run > Madison Yannetti (fifth inning vs. LIU Brooklyn)
o Win > Allison Stewart (5.0IP, 3H, 0R, 1K, 1BB)
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