FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team closed out its home weekend Sunday afternoon in a 10-0 loss to No. 3/2 Auburn at Bogle Park. Nicole Schroeder continued her recent hot streak and was one of four Razorbacks with a hit while Grace Moll struck out seven hitters in the setback. The Razorbacks return to their home field Wednesday for a game against No. 12/9 Oklahoma.
First pitch of the midweek matchup is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on the SEC Network. Jenn Hildreth and Kayla Braud will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. Wednesday’s game also marks the final non-conference game of the home schedule. The final home SEC series of the season starts April 29 when Arkansas hosts No. 11/13 LSU.
After going down in order in the first two innings, Arkansas (17-28, 1-14 SEC) put together its first scoring threat of the day. The Razorbacks had runners on second and third with one out after Parker Pocklington drew a walk and Autumn Russell registered a double to right center. The two-base hit was the fourth double of the year for Russell. However, Tigers’ starter Rachel Walters got out of the jam with strikeout and fly ball to right field.
The home team had another two-on chance in the fourth inning. On a full-count offering, Schroeder singled up the middle to lead things off. She has now collected a hit in five straight and eight of Arkansas’ last nine games. Her streak of reaching base is up to nine games in a row, one shy of a career-best stretch. Loren Krzysko picked up the Razorbacks’ second hit of the inning to put runners on first and second but Walters responded with another strikeout to end the inning.
In the loss, Moll established a new career best in an SEC game with her seven strikeouts. She set her previous high of six earlier this year against No. 15 Kentucky and South Carolina. Defensively, the Razorbacks turned their league-leading 21st double play in the fifth inning. After fielding a bouncing ground ball, Pocklington tagged the runner moving to second before throwing over to Ashley Diaz at first on the play.
Auburn (41-4, 12-3 SEC) was aided by four home runs on the day including two off the bat of Kasey Cooper. With her team leading 6-0 after three, Emily Carosone lifted a two-run shot to left field to push the Tigers’ lead to eight and put the run-rule decision in play. Auburn added two more in the fifth for the final score, including a solo shot by Whitney Jordan.
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