FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Continuing the university’s tradition of playing games in the Little Rock area, the University of Arkansas softball team travels down to Sherwood, Ark., for a doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State Wednesday afternoon. With both games held at the Sherwood Sports Complex, game one will start at 3 p.m. CT followed by game two at 6 p.m. CT.
Sherwood Sports Complex
611 Bear Paw Road
Sherwood, AR 72120
Rounding the Bases
• In its last time out, Arkansas claimed one of three games at South Carolina (April 10-12).
• The Razorbacks played their sixth extra innings game this season against South Carolina (April 11), improving their record to 3-3 in games lasting longer than seven innings. Sophomore Shelby Hiers connected for a solo home run in the top half of the eighth inning to provide the Razorbacks with the go-ahead run. Sydney Wright earned her team-leading 10th win of the season that afternoon, matching her career high of 8.0 innings pitched and throwing her 10th career complete game.
• While starting all three games at South Carolina, Stephanie Canfield and Kasey Fagan led the team batting .333 and accounting for three hits apiece.
• The win over the Gamecocks April 11 marked the sixth time this season Arkansas has recorded two or more home runs in a game. The Razorbacks are 3-3 when hitting two or more over the fence this season.
• 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 taken 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.
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 (178). 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 (.358), highest slugging percentage (.677), and highest on-base percentage (.561). Her 192 career hits is sixth, 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 seventh in the SEC. She has 10 multi-hit games to go along with a team-high five 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 (.353), fourth in on-base percentage (.402), and is fifth in slugging percentage (.481).
On the Comeback Trail
More than a third of Arkansas’ victories this season have come after Arkansas trailed in the game. In six of their 15 wins, the Razorbacks rallied from a deficit, including erasing a three-run margin twice (Feb. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana, April 11 at South Carolina).
The Razorbacks own an 11-3 (.786) mark when scoring at least six runs. On the defensive side, Arkansas is 13-6 (.684) when limiting opponents to five runs or less.
Late Game At-Bats
Against Mississippi State (April 6), Rachel Box and Jessie Mullen both connected for pinch-hit home runs, the first pinch-hit homers of the season for Arkansas. Box has become accustomed to stepping to the plate in late innings, leading the team with 14 pinch-hit plate appearances. She is batting an .455 in those situations, including two extra base hits.
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 .317 percent of the time following the adversary scoring.
Production at the Top
The 1-2-3 combination of Wallace, Fagan and Canfield at the top of the lineup has been potent as the end of the regular season approaches. The trio has combined for a .347 batting average, .444 OBP, .514 slugging, and account for 64 of the team’s 148 (.432) RBIs.