FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the heels of its first conference win last weekend and a midweek win at Tulsa, the University of Arkansas softball team hosts No. 3/2 Auburn at Bogle Park in a conference series beginning Friday. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT). General admission is $5 for adults while students with valid UA ID and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission.
As part of fan promotions for the weekend, the Razorbacks will host Bark in the Park on all three days of the series. All dogs and their owners will need to enter through the gate in right field, where owners will also be asked to fill out a waiver form. The Humane Society will also be in attendance with adoptable dogs.
This weekend’s three-game set marks the 10th series played in Fayetteville between Arkansas and Auburn, and fourth since the Razorbacks opened Bogle Park in 2009. Overall, the Tigers lead the all-time series, 33-24, with the teams splitting the previous 28 games (14-14) played in Fayetteville. As the third-ranked team in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Top 25, Auburn represents Arkansas’ highest-ranked home opponent since No. 2 Tennessee visited Bogle Park in 2014.
In its last outing, Arkansas (17-25, 1-11 SEC) posted a 4-1 win at Tulsa to snap a five-game losing streak to its regional foe. Grace Moll allowed one run on three hits and tallied six strikeouts on the way to her 12th victory of the season. The offense was paced by two-hit efforts from Parker Pocklington and Nicole Schroeder while Ashley Diaz became the first freshman in program history to reach 40 RBI in a single season.
Diaz continues to lead the Razorbacks with her .400 batting average and 12 home runs. She enters the weekend just two shy of 50 hits this season. Primarily hitting in the lead-off spot over the past five weeks, Shelby Hiers is enjoying a career-best season with her .313 batting average and eight home runs. Pocklington’s home run against Tulsa was the Razorbacks’ 43rd of the year while the defense leads the SEC with 19 double plays turned this season.
Auburn (38-4, 9-3 SEC) comes to Fayetteville riding a 13-game winning streak after an 8-1 victory over UAB Wednesday in Birmingham. At the plate, the Tigers are led by Kasey Cooper who is hitting .442 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI this season; Jade Rhodes leads the team with 14 home runs. The Auburn pitching staff is paced by Kaylee Carlson who holds an 11-0 record with a 0.91 ERA in 16 appearances.
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