KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– The tarp is off the playing surface at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., and the matchup between Arkansas and No. 9 Tennessee has been set for a 7:15 (CT) start. Afternoon rain showers delayed play which was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with game one of a doubleheader.
Originally set for a KXUA Fayetteville (88.3 FM) broadcast, the game willnow beaired on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Arkansas (18-10, 7-1) is off to its best conference start in program history with series victories in its first three SEC matchups. After sweeping Mississippi State in a mid-week series and taking two of three from Kentucky at home, the Razorbacks take on the Lady Vols before heading to Oxford, Miss., for a weekend series at Ole Miss. Whitney Cloer, the club’s leading hitter all season, carries a .386 batting average and a team-best seven home runs and 24 RBI. She is also tied for the conference lead in doubles with 11. The senior catcher is hitting .426 against SEC opposition. Cloer’s home run total this season is a new career best.Named the SEC Freshman of the Week for her efforts against Mississippi State and Kentucky, Brittany Griffiths continues her strong play against league teams. She is second on the team with a .340 average. Half of her season hits have come in the Razorbacks’ eight conference games.Jessica Bachkora is hitting .311 at the top of the Arkansas lineup with a career-high five home runs, 20 RBI and a team-best 21 runs scored. Along with 28 hits, she has walked 13 times, the most on the team. In her last at bat, she hit the game-winning home run in Arkansas’ 4-3 win over Kentucky. The junior outfielder entered the season with one career homer.The Razorbacks are hitting .264 on the season, up to .306 against SEC teams. Arkansas is outscoring league opponents, 43-25, through eight games.In the circle, Miranda Dixon has won eight straight decisions and is 11-2 with a 2.26 ERA. After a 4-0 week against Mississippi State and Kentucky, Dixon was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in her career. The junior pitcher is 5-0 in SEC contest with five complete games and 30 strikeouts.Kim Jones is 5-5 in 13 appearances this season with a 2.93 ERA. Jones or Dixon have started the last 15 games for Arkansas and helped establish the team ERA at 1.72 against SEC hitting.The Razorbacks will be looking to reverse their fortunes against Tennessee, which leads the all-time series between the teams, 23-11. Arkansas is 1-14 all-time in Knoxville with the lone victory coming by way of a 3-0 decision in 2001. Last season, the Lady Vols took two of three from Arkansas in Fayetteville. The win by Arkansas was its first against UT since 2004.Tennessee is 24-6 on the season with a 2-3 record in conference play. The Lady Vols were swept by No. 1 Florida in their last outing.
Tiffany Huff leads a potent UT lineup with a .476 batting average. She has six home runs and a team-high 48 RBI. Huff is one of four Lady Vols–Huff, Kelly Grieve (.410), Lillian Hammond (.381) and Jessica Spigner (.351)–hitting above .300. Spigner is tied for the SEC lead with 11 home runs. During conference play, however, Tennessee’s average is down to .242.In the circle, Cat Hosfield is 17-5 with a 2.08 ERA. In 138 innings pitched, she has 122 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .192 batting average. Hosfield is 1-2 and Danielle Pieroni is 1-1 in conference play.
Against Ole Miss, the Razorbacks have fared better and hold the 28-14 advantage in head-to-head meetings. However, the Rebels have won the last two series, including last year’s set in Fayetteville. Arkansas won the first game in both of those series. The Razorbacks are 12-8 all-time in Oxford.
Ole Miss is 12-16 overall and 1-10 in the SEC. In their last series, the Rebels were swept by No. 2 Alabama.
Michelle May and Corrine Doornberg are hitting .315 and .304, respectively, to lead the team at the plate. Lauren Grill is Ole Miss’ power source leading the team with six home runs and 20 RBI. The Rebels are down to .218 hitting in conference play.
Becky Nye is 1-6 against the league in the circle. Overall, she is 8-10 with a 2.48 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 124.1 innings pitched. The Rebels’ team ERA stands at 3.13.
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