CLERMONT, Fla. – The Razorback softball team lost a pair of games on day two of the Dot Richardson Invitational with losses to Louisville and UCF. In the day’s first game, redshirt sophomore Nicole Schroeder hit her third and fourth home runs of the year. With Saturday’s results, Arkansas is now 3-6 through the first nine game of the season.
Arkansas returns to the field Sunday for its weekend finale, a matchup with Chattanooga at Legends Way Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8 a.m. (CT). The Mocs played in last year’s NCAA Tournament and enter Sunday with a 4-3 record. Live stats for the game will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Game 1 | Louisville 11, Arkansas 5 | Box Score
The Razorbacks started fast with a two runs in the top half of the first. Devon Wallace and Kasey Fagan led off the game with back-to-back singles and came around to score on a two-out base hit off the bat of Sydney Wright. However, the lead was short-lived with Louisville scoring nine runs in the home half of the frame. The Cardinals tacked on pair of unearned runs in the third to open a nine-run lead.
Arkansas staved off the run-rule decision thanks to a two-run blast by Schroeder in the fourth inning. Pinch runner Tori Cooper stood on first after another single by Wright when Schroeder deposited the offering over the fence in right field. She was back at it with a solo shot in the sixth, her fourth home run of the season. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native has all four of the team’s home runs this year.
Wright took the loss in her shortest outing of the season. In relief appearances, Allison Stewart struck out four hitters in 2.2 innings and Grace Moll allowed just one hit and kept Louisville off the scoreboard over the final three innings.
Game 2 | UCF 6, Arkansas 1 | Box Score
For the second game of the day, Arkansas jumped out to the early lead with a run in the first inning. Wallace and Fagan drew walks to lead off the game and after a double steal, the Razorbacks had runners on second and third with no outs. The team had to settle for one run with Fagan crossing the plate on a mishandled throw at second base. The Knights tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the fourth.
The Razorbacks put together a potential scoring threat in the home half of the fourth with back-to-back hits by Stephanie Canfield and Jessica Harrison to lead off the frame. However, the next three hitters went down in order to send UCF back to the plate. The Knights took the lead with a five-run sixth inning that featured three Arkansas fielding errors. Wright was saddled with the loss to drop to 2-2 on the year.
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