SHERWOOD, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks dropped the midweek battle in central Arkansas against Memphis 14-2 on Tuesday evening.
The Razorbacks defense was not enough for the Tigers on Tuesday as Memphis plated eight runs off seven hits in the top of the first. Layne McGuirt got the start for the Razorbacks in the circle, but it was Chelsea Cohen who collected six strikeouts on the day. She had two in the third inning alone.
"You have to give credit to Memphis today," head coach Mike Larabee said. "They really came out and were ready from the get-go. They scored eight runs in the first inning and that kind of takes the wind out of you."
Freshman Chloe Oprzedek hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to plate the Razorbacks first run of the day. She brought in pinch runner Macy Burr on the play after Jayme Gee reached base on a walk.
"I thought Chloe’s defense was great. She has been playing at such a high level defensively and she had that great sacrifice fly today," Larabee said.
Senior Becca Carden went 2-for-3 on the day for the Razorbacks. She recorded two back-to-back singles and improved her season batting average to .343. Carden’s hit in the bottom of the fifth brought her RBI total to 24 on the year when pinch runner Lindsey Wells plated the second run for Arkansas.
The rally attempt was not enough for the Hogs as a four RBI home runsecured the 14-2 win for Memphis in the top of the sixth. The Razorbacks closed out the top of the sixth with two putouts and a strikeout before taking their last at bat.
"Now it’s just back to the drawing board for us and hopefully we can come out this weekend and just play better and pitch better," Larabee said.
The Razorbacks host Georgia for a three-game weekend series April 22-24 at Bogle Park. Prior to Saturday’s first pitch, Arkansas will recognize the Razorback seniors, Kim Jones, Becca Carden, Layne McGuirt, Amanda Caldwell and Lindsey Wells.