FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team hits the road for a week-long, four-game slate beginning Wednesday at defending national champion and ninth-ranked Oklahoma. First pitch of the midweek matchup is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) at Marita Hynes Field in Norman. The game will be televised on Fox College Sports Pacific (check your local listings).
Series vs Oklahoma
The Razorbacks enter Wednesday’s game looking to snap a seven-game skid against Oklahoma in the series between the two programs. Arkansas last beast the Sooners on April 8, 2009, with an 11-9 triumph in Norman. In last season’s meeting, Oklahoma posted a 3-1 win in Fayetteville with Loren Krzysko scoring Arkansas’ run. Overall, Oklahoma has won 21 of 23 against Arkansas.
Last Time Out
In the series finale against No. 2 Florida, the Razorbacks scored first and led 1-0 after four innings but the Gators rallied for a 6-1 win. In the game, junior Autumn Russell collected her 100th career hit—a fourth-inning double—and scored the team’s lone run.
Weekly RPI/Rankings Check
Down a couple spots but still positioned inside the top 30, the Razorbacks are No. 27 in this week’s release (April 3) of the NCAA RPI. This week’s opponents, Oklahoma and Missouri, are 16th and 25th in the RPI, respectively. In Tuesday’s release of the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, the Razorbacks are tied for 25th with Ohio State. Arkansas is receiving votes in the USA Softball national rankings.
Hedgcock Gets the Start
Making her first-career start, freshman Caroline Hedgcock responded with five strikeouts in Arkansas’ series opener against No. 2 Florida. Hedgcock allowed three runs on four hits in a career-long 3.1 innings of work. She and Grace Moll combined for 10 strikeouts in the game.
Following their midweek in Norman, the Razorbacks’ week-long road trip continues to Columbia, Missouri, for a weekend series against No. 25 Mizzou. The three-game set begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. All three game are scheduled to be streamed live on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.
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