FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – One night removed from the program’s first no-hitter in four years, sophomore Autumn Storms put together a no-hitter of her own Saturday evening in a 7-0 win over Central Connecticut State. In the team’s first game of the day, Arkansas posted a 2-1 triumph over Dartmouth. With Saturday’s wins, the Razorbacks move to 14-1 through their first 15 games of the season.
“I like the way we responded in game two,” head coach Courtney Deifel said. “And of course, Autumn Storms was fantastic in the circle for us tonight. Our offense put together some better at-bats against Central Connecticut. I’m looking forward to us playing more of our style tomorrow to close out the weekend.”
The Razorback Invitational concludes Sunday with three games at Bogle Park with two featuring the home team. Arkansas will play Northern Colorado at 11:15 a.m. (CT) and close out the weekend against Central Connecticut State at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on the SEC Network+ and be available through the WatchESPN app.
Game 1: Arkansas 2, Dartmouth 1 | Box Score
With the score tied at 1-1 and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior Autumn Buczek knocked a base hit into center field to plate fellow senior Loren Krzysko for the game-winning run. Krzysko began the rally with a double off the wall in center field. Tori Cooper—another senior—kept the offense going with a hit to right and Haydi Bugarin reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Hannah McEwen finished the game with a pair of hits including a first-inning solo home run to right field. The big fly was her team-leading fifth of the season and gave the Razorbacks the early 1-0 advantage. After a no-hitter in her last start, freshman Mary Haff made that one run stand up through six innings. The Winter Haven, Fla., native struck out 12 Dartmouth hitters and allowed just two hits.
The Big Green tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, scoring an unearned run on an RBI double by Calista Almer. Dartmouth had the go-ahead run at second with no outs. However, Haff retired the next three hitters with the help of a diving catch in center by Krzysko and her 12th strikeout to keep the game tied.
Game 2: Arkansas 7, Central Connecticut State 0 | Box Score
Storms was in control throughout Saturday night’s game and registered a career-high nine strikeouts en route to collecting her sixth win of the season. She struck out six through the first six innings and was perfect through six before giving up her first base runner of the day on an error. Storms remained steady and limited any damage to that one runner. A ground ball to third secured the eighth no-hitter in program history.
The offense took advantage of three CCSU errors in the first inning and plated three runs to take an early lead. Ashley Diaz and Kayla Green each tallied an RBI in the frame. McEwen added an RBI single in the second and Krzysko made the score 6-0 with a two-run shot to center field. The long ball was her fourth of the season. The Razorbacks added an unearned run in the fifth on an RBI fielder’s choice by senior A.J. Belans.
2018 Razorback Invitational (Saturday Results)
Northern Colorado 3, Dartmouth 2
Central Connecticut State 6, Northern Colorado 0
Arkansas 2, Dartmouth 1
Arkansas 7, Central Connecticut State 0
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