ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Arkansas softball team evened its overall record with a pair of wins Saturday at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando. The Razorbacks registered wins over Marist and Virginia to complete an undefeated weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. With Saturday’s results, Arkansas is now 7-7 through the first three weeks of the season.
The Razorbacks will now return to Fayetteville in advance of next weekend’s Wooo Pig Classic at Bogle Park. The team’s home opener (Feb. 27-March 1) is also scheduled to feature UAB, Valparaiso and Western Illinois. For more information and live stats, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Game 1 | Arkansas 9, Marist 5 | Box Score
Facing an early two-run deficit, the Razorbacks posted three spot in the first inning to go ahead on the scoreboard. The top of the order—Devon Wallace, Kasey Fagan and Stephanie Canfield—each scored in the frame. The trio combined to score six of the Razorbacks’ nine runs in the game. After a two-run second inning by the offense, Arkansas led 5-2 with Allison Stewart in the circle.
The Olathe, Kan., native gave up four runs—two unearned—in five innings of work against Marist to get her second win of the season. The Razorbacks led 9-2 after five innings before Marist plated three in the sixth to cut Arkansas’ lead to four but Sydney Wright, on in relief, retired the side in order in top of the seventh to preserve the win. Fagan had a team-high three hits while Sierra Bronkey led Arkansas with two RBI.
Game 2 | Arkansas 6, Virginia 5 | Box Score
In the second game of the day, Wright tallied her second complete game in as many days to send the Razorbacks to a win over the Cavaliers. The Jacksonville, Fla., native established a career high with eight strikeouts with no walks on her stat line. She helped herself at the plate, as well, with two hits and an RBI. Wright was one of four Arkansas players with multi-hit performances.
The Razorbacks led early after solo home runs by Canfield in the first and Shelby Hiers in the second. Hiers added her second RBI of the game with a base hit in the third inning which Wright followed with an RBI single to center. In the circle, Wright faced just one over the minimum through the first five innings before Virginia caught up with four runs in the sixth to tie the game at 4-all.
Arkansas answered with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth thanks to an RBI double by Fagan and an RBI single by Canfield. The Razorback center fielder finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. The Cavaliers scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh and had runners on first and second but Wright got a ground ball to get the game-ending force out at third base.
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