NORMAN, Okla. – A six-run first inning from Oklahoma made the difference as the University of Arkansas softball team was defeated 10-1 in five innings by the No. 5/5 Sooners Wednesday evening at Marita Hynes Field. The Razorbacks (14-25, 0-12 SEC) connected for seven hits against the Sooners, including multiple hits from freshman Jessie Mullen and junior Claire Clark.
Arkansas is back in Southeastern Conference play this weekend, heading to Columbia, S.C., to play South Carolina April 10-12. All three games will be available on SEC Network+.
Oklahoma marked the third top-10 team Arkansas has faced on the road this season.
The Sooners jumped on the board early, scoring six runs on seven hits, including two home runs in the bottom of the first.
The Razorbacks nearly answered back in the top of the second. Mullen laced a one-out pitch off the wall in left field for a long single. Jessica Harrison followed with a walk but Arkansas grounded into a double play to end the inning.
In the third inning, Arkansas loaded up the bases at two separate times, keyed by hits from Claire Clark and Madison Yannetti. The Razorbacks scored one run in the inning on a throwing error by the OU catcher after Rachel Box reached via a fielder’s choice.
Oklahoma scored four more in the fourth, extending its lead to 10-1.
In the fifth, Arkansas received back-to-back one-out hits from Megan Pearson and Clark but was unable to push any runs across.
• Freshman Jessie Mullen recorded two base hits against Oklahoma, marking her second career multi-hit game. In her last two games, Mullen is 3-4 (.750) at the plate. She was 2-3 against OU and was 1-1 with a pinch-hit home run against Mississippi State (April 6).
• Junior Claire Clark, who has started each of the last six games in center field, tallied her first multi-hit game of the season against OU.
• Freshman Madison Yannetti finished Wednesday’s game 1-3 with a run scored. Over the past 10 games, Yannetti is batting a team-high .391.