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Seventh-Inning Rally Falls Short at No. 4 Alabama

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Seventh-Inning Rally Falls Short at No. 4 Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Arkansas softball team lost both games of a doubleheader Saturday at fourth-ranked Alabama at Rhoads Stadium. The Razorbacks rallied for two runs in the seventh inning but lost 4-3 in game two of the twin bill. The Crimson Tide opened the day with a 12-1 win in game one. With Saturday’s results, Arkansas drops to 24-17 overall and 2-10 in Southeastern Conference play. Trailing by three runs entering the seventh inning of game two, the Razorbacks put together a rally that started with a one-out double off the bat of Devon Wallace. The hit extended her streak of reaching base safely to 15 games. Stephanie Canfield and Jessica Harrison followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Kasey Fagan and Clarisa Navarro responded with an RBI groundout and infield single, respectively, to plate two runs and cut the deficit to one before the final out of the game was recorded. As they did in game one of the doubleheader, the Razorbacks scored first with Canfield scoring from third on a sacrifice fly from Navarro. Canfield had a combined three hits and scored three times during Saturday’s doubleheader. Fagan started game two but was replaced in the circle by Sydney Wright with one out and the bases loaded in the Tide’s half of the first inning. Alabama (35-5, 14-1 SEC) scored three times in the opening frame but Wright kept Arkansas in the game by keeping the Crimson Tide off the scoreboard in her final four innings of work. She allowed just one run and six hits in a season-high 5.2 innings of work. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader saw the Razorbacks jump out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI ground ball by Harrison. However, Alabama scored 12 unanswered runs while the Razorbacks were held to just three hits in the five-inning game. Grace Moll took the loss in the opener. Arkansas now returns home for a four-game week at Bogle Park, beginning Wednesday against Tulsa. The midweek matchup is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CT) first pitch. The Razorbacks will close out the week with an SEC series (April 11-13) against South Carolina. Saturday’s game two with the Gamecocks will be televised by Cox Sports.
@RazorbackSB Notables – Saturday’s twin bill was Arkansas’ third doubleheader in four weekends of SEC play – Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader was Arkansas’ third TV appearance of the season – Stephanie Canfield recorded team-leading 13th multi-hit performance in game two – Jessica Harrison is hitting .438 with 14 hits and nine RBI since starting March 22 at Ole Miss (11 games) – Amanda Geile collected her eighth multi-hit game with two singles in game two – Clarisa Navarro is now tied for team lead with nine multi-RBI games – Devon Wallace is now tied for third place in SEC history and 15th in NCAA history with 177 career walks o Seven shy of tying the SEC career record – Devon Wallace has reached base safely in 15-consecutive games – Sydney Wright pitched a season-high 5.2 innings in relief appearance in game two
@RazorbackSB Tweetables – Four-game week for @RazorbackSB at #BoglePark begins Wednesday v Tulsa at 6p. #NeverYield – SEC season continues April 11-13 for @RazorbackSB with home series v South Carolina. #NeverYield – Friday’s game v South Carolina will be Senior Day for Jennifer Rambo #WPS – Saturday’s game v South Carolina will be Senior Day for Chloe Oprzedek #WPS For more information on Arkansas softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter.

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