FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ softball team split a pair of games with Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Bogle Park. UA picked up game one isna 2-1 win over OSU and fell in a late scoring second game 3-1.
Oklahoma State was first on the board in game one when a double to center field brought in the runner off first. Arkansas came to the plate in the first with leadoff hitter Macy Burr as she hit a short single to the middle of the diamond. Linnea Ketcher stepped to the plate with a single to short before the next three Hogs left the plate with strikeouts.
The Razorbacks tallied six hits and no errors in the game and head coach Mike Larabee said he was pleased with the competitive level of his team.
"I was really pleased with our short game," Larabee said. "Five of our six hits were either slaps or bunts, so that part of our game was good."
With the Razorbacks on defense, one strikeout and two quick outs on first brought the Hogs back to the plate and the winning runs to the board. Picking up the pace in the bottom of the fifth, Chloe Oprzedek got on base off a wild pitch and quickly stole second. Next at the plate, Burr hit a short single to get on base and stole second before Ketcher hit a double to center to bring in both runs and the win for Arkansas.
"I’m really pleased. Oklahoma State had over 40 wins last year and spent a lot of time around 15th in the nation, so that tells us where we’re at with our game. We were very solid today."
In the circle, Layne McGuirt picked up four strikeouts. Kim Jones came in halfway through the sixth to close out the game for UA with one strikeout and two flies to third and short.
After a short break, Hope McLemore started the game by striking out the leadoff hitter. The Cowgirls did not hesitate when center fielder Kelsey Anchors singled to center and rounded the bases in off an RBI by the first baseman.
"I played almost an entirely different team in game two," Larabee said. "So, we had two very competitive games and my philosophy throughout the fall is to let people go out and compete. This was a good team to face in order to give people an opportunity to see what they can do against outstanding competition."
McLemore worked all seven innings for Arkansas picking up seven strikeouts and just one walk.In the top of the seventh, OSU came out with a triple from the top of the lineup to bring in one run and advanced home on an error by Brea Van de Pol to give the Cowgirls a 3-0 lead over Arkansas.
Amanda Geile went 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles to center and the only run of the game for Arkansas. Leslie Dixon picked up that RBI in the seventh when she hit a double to center and advanced to third off an error by the catcher.
"Three of my top six hitters are short game hitters and they’ve been working really hard," Larabee said. "Amanda Geile hit the ball hard in the second game and really needs to be recognized. She came up big for us."
Arkansas moves to 5-2-1 this fall and wraps up the fall schedule Wednesday, Oct. 13, against Northeast Oklahoma A&M. The 2011 season opens up with the Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament on Feb. 11-13, in Lafayette, La.
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