FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sliding out of Southeastern Conference play for its midweek game, the University of Arkansas softball team travels to Norman, Okla., to battle No. 5/5 Oklahoma Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcasted on FSN Southwest (check local listings).
Following their Wednesday game, the Razorbacks hit the road for their next SEC series, heading to South Carolina to play the Gamecocks April 10-12.
Rounding the Bases
• The Sooners are the third top-10 opponent Arkansas will be facing on the road this season after previously playing then-No. 5 LSU and then-No. 8 Georgia away from Fayetteville in March.
• Freshman Madison Yannetti continues to swing a scorching hot bat. In the series against Mississippi State (April 4-6), she led the Razorbacks with a slash line of .571/.700/.714. Just in conference games, Yannetti leads the team batting .450.
• Senior Devon Wallace, adding to her record-breaking Arkansas resume, became the first Razorback ever to be selected in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft. Wallace was selected in the fourth round, No. 20 overall, by the Pennsylvania Rebellion in the 2015 Draft Wednesday, April 1, at the CMA Theater in Nashville, Tenn.
• Wednesday’s game will feature three players drafted in the 2015 NPF College Draft. OU’s Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley were selected No. 1 and 2 overall, respectively, and Wallace was selected No. 20 overall.
• Arkansas lost its most recent series, dropping three games to visiting Mississippi State (April 4-6).
Yannetti on a Tear
Already with 20 of the 28 players on the roster as underclassmen, freshman Madison Yannetti is stepping up at the plate. Consider in the last series against Mississippi State (April 4-6), Yannetti batted a team-high .571 to go along with four hits. In SEC only games, of which she has started eight and appeared in nine of the team’s 12, her slash line of .450/.560/.650 leads the team. In the team’s last nine overall, the Mesquite, Texas, native is batting .400 with a pair of extra base hits, including connecting for her first career home run against Georgia (3/21). Yannetti’s recent play has upped her season average to .264, fifth on the team among players appearing in at least 10 games.
Cooper in the Lineup
Freshman Tori Cooper, inserted into the starting lineup in the second game of a doubleheader against Georgia (March 21), has started each of the last eight games since and is making a case to remain in the lineup. Over the team’s last nine games, Cooper is second on the team batting .333 while slugging .429.
Able to Respond
One of Coach Larabee’s preaching points to his team is being able to respond with runs after the opposing team scores. Arkansas has shown capable of doing just that, responding with at least one run in their next at-bat .337 percent of the time following the adversary scoring.
Wallace Rewrites Record Book
Senior Devon Wallace has left her imprint all over the Arkansas softball record book. In the series against Texas (3/14-16), she set new program records for career home runs (45) and runs scored (177). The Double Oak, Texas, native additionally is the career leader in walks (227) and intentional walks (12). Wallace is currently on pace to be the career leader in a number of other categories as she currently ranks first for: highest batting average (.360), highest slugging percentage (.686), and highest on-base percentage (.567). Her 189 career hits is sixth, trailing leader Jessica Bachkora (2007-10) who has 227.