FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following a spring break trip that saw the Razorbacks play four consecutive road games, the University of Arkansas softball team returns home for six of its next seven starting with a three-game set at Bogle Park against Ole Miss March 27-29. Sunday’s game against the Rebels will be broadcasted on SECN+.
The Series – Arkansas (14-17, 0-6 SEC) vs. Ole Miss (18-13, 2-7 SEC)
Friday, March 27 | 6 p.m. | Bogle Park
Saturday, March 28 | 1 p.m. | Bogle Park
Sunday, March 29 | 1 p.m. | Bogle Park
Rounding the Bases
• Arkansas is coming off a win March 24 at Jacksonville State. The 6-2 decision in favor of the Razorbacks snapped a six-game slide for Arkansas after being swept in back-to-back series against Texas (March 14-16) and at No. 8/8 Georgia (March 20-21). Freshman Tori Cooper tallied a career-high three hits, including one for extra bases, in the streak-snapping victory.
• Not having senior Kasey Fagan in the lineup the last eight games has certainly left a void for the Razorbacks, however, freshman Madison Yannetti has stepped up and filled in admirably. Consider in the last eight games, Yannetti is batting .261 with four RBIs, while slugging .435 and mashing her first career home run in that span.
• Arkansas takes to the road for its midweek matchup next week, traveling to take on Tulsa March 31 before returning home for a second consecutive weekend hosting Mississippi State April 4-6.
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 (44) and runs scored (172). The Double Oak, Texas, native additionally is the career leader in walks (219) 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 (.365), highest slugging percentage (.696), and highest on-base percentage (.568). Her 185 career hits is ninth, trailing leader Jessica Bachkora (2007-10) who has 227.
Canfield Swings Away
Junior Stephanie Canfield, a fixture near the top of the lineup thus far, has proven to be a triple-threat from the left side of the dish. With 10 career triples, the St. Joseph, Ill., native is tied for second all-time in school history, trailing leader Dayna Huckabee who has 12. Canfield has four triples this year alone, ranking fifth in the SEC. She has nine multi-hit games to go along with four multi-RBI games. While Wallace holds many school records, Canfield is also posting near record lines. Consider the numbers and rankings for Canfield’s career statistics: second in batting average (.357), third in on-base percentage (.405), and is fifth in slugging percentage (.483).
Freshmen Fill In
Having senior Kasey Fagan out of the lineup for eight games due to injury has given ample opportunity for others to step up. Freshman Madison Yannetti has started all eight of those games with five starts coming at shortstop. During the last eight, Yannetti is batting .261 while slugging .435 and fielding at a rate of .958. Consider in her last three games, however, she is batting .375 and launched her first career home run at Georgia. Redshirt Loren Krzysko has come on in the last three games as well, batting .429 while slugging .714 and tallying three RBIs. Freshman Tori Cooper, starting the last two games, is coming off a career-high three hits at Jacksonville State (3/24) while batting .600 with one extra-base hit in the last two contests.