FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team began its fall exhibition season in winning fashion at Bogle Park, turning away Northeastern Oklahoma A&M by a score of 4-2. The Razorbacks saw strong performances in the victory from freshman catcher Katie Harrison and senior outfielder Tori Mort. Harrison belted a single, double and home run in the outing, while Mort added an RBI single and s stellar defensive play to secure the win.
Head coach Mike Larabee, in his third season leading the Razorbacks, was impressed with the team’s effort in the evening game.
"I thought our defense was really clean," Larabee said. "Tori Mort came up with a great catch out in right field late in the game. I thought our communication was very good. We hit some balls hard."
The Razorbacks were on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning when Harrison knocked a double into deep right center past the Golden Norsemen’s outfielders. The hit allowed freshman utility player Devon Wallace to score from first base.
The Golden Norsemen fired back in the top of the second inning when shortstop Megan Sullivan bested UA freshman left-handed pitcher Ciara Clampitt for a solo home run. Clampitt rebounded to strike out four batters in three innings of pitching duty, while allowing only two hits.
In the bottom of the second inning, Arkansas found home plate again when Mort smashed a single into deep center. The hit scored redshirt freshman utility player Sierra Bronkey, who singled to shallow center field earlier in the inning. Chloe Oprzedek also singled in the second for the Razorbacks.
NEO A&M leveled the contest after managing to score Miranda Kiser, who began the top of the third inning with a leadoff double. With the game tied 2-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning, UA’s Harrison went to work, sending a two-run home run over the left field wall. Razorback utility player Amanda Geile walked prior to Harrison’s home run, notching the RBI for Harrison and the final outcome of 4-2 for Arkansas.
Razorbacks Chelsea Cohen (Jr., RHP) and Victoria Brown (Fr., RHP) saw pitching action, with Cohen striking out five Golden Norsemen in three innings. Brown appeared in the top of the seventh to close out the game, allowing no further scoring from NEO A&M. Mort, playing right field, notched a double play after fielding a fly ball and throwing to first to edge the untagged NEO A&M runner.
Arkansas continues its fall schedule Wednesday, Sept. 21 against Evangel University in Bogle Park. The game set to begin at 6 p.m. Up-to-date schedule information and other news on Razorback softball is available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.