FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite scoring two runs in the first inning, the University of Arkansas softball team came up short in game one against Ole Miss Friday night at Bogle Park, falling by a 7-3 final. Game two of the three-game weekend set will be Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Razorbacks (14-18, 0-7 SEC) jumped on the Rebels (19-13, 3-7 SEC) early, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning. After Devon Wallace, Stephanie Canfield and Nicole Schroeder all walked to load the bases, Loren Krzysko brought in two on her liner to left. Krzysko has been swinging a hot bat lately, batting .400 in the last four games while recording at least one RBI in three of the last four.
Ole Miss scored one in the second to cut Arkansas’ lead in half. Leading off the top of the third, Natalie Martinez took a Sydney Wright pitch deep to center but Canfield was there to rob her of extra bases by making a terrific, leaping grab at the wall. The Rebels would go on to take 4-2 lead in the third inning, following a three-run homer from Allison Brown.
Arkansas had a scoring opportunity in their half of the third, but was unable to capitalize. Schroeder and Krzysko both walked to start up the inning and were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice from Sierra Bronkey. With runners on second and third and one out, Arkansas popped out to short and fouled out to first to end the threat.
The Razorbacks also had the bases loaded with two down in the fourth but ended the inning on a fly out to right. In total for the night, Arkansas left 12 runners on base.
Ole Miss ran home three more in the sixth, including a two-run home run, to make it a 7-2 game.
The Razorbacks got one of those runs back in the sixth. With two outs and a runner on first, Schroeder doubled down the right field line for her 14th RBI of the season to make it a 7-3 game.
In the seventh, Madison Yannetti reached on an error with two outs, but Arkansas could not rally any further.
Sydney Wright (9-8) took the loss, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up four runs and one earned run. Haley Meinen came on in relief, throwing the remaining 4.2 innings giving up three earned and striking out a pair.