CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – With a midweek non-conference break, the University of Arkansas softball team travels to Cape Girardeau for a Wednesday doubleheader against Southeast Missouri. Game one of the twin bill is set for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) start at the Southeast Softball Complex. Looking to snap a nine-game slide, the Razorbacks are making the program’s first-ever trip to Cape Girardeau.
Wednesday’s doubleheader will mark just the fifth and sixth meetings between Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. With four previous games, the Razorbacks lead the series, 3-1. Last season, the two teams split a twin bill played in Fayetteville. During last year’s doubleheader, then-sophomore Parker Pocklington totaled four hits, three RBI and a run scored.
Arkansas (13-23) enters its midweek against SEMO with 39 home runs this season which ranks the team fourth in the SEC. Freshman Ashley Diaz and junior Shelby Hiers lead the way with 11 and eight home runs, respectively. With her home run output so far, Diaz is third in the league and tied for 20th in the NCAA. Her last home run, a solo shot at Texas A&M (April 3), also marked her 40th hit of the year.
Defensively, the Razorbacks are tied for first in the SEC with 18 double plays turned this season. Protecting the left side of its defense, Arkansas has found consistency from the sophomore duo of Autumn Russell and Madison Yannetti who have started every game this season at third base and shortstop, respectively. In the circle, junior Grace Moll is in search of her 10th win of the season and recently registered her 200th career strikeout.
Southeast Missouri enters Wednesday’s games with an 11-17 overall record but has won five of the seven games played on its home field. Collectively, the Redhawks are hitting .270 as a team. Claire Wernig leads Southeast Missouri with a .368 batting average and 21 runs scored. Haylee Krack has a team-leading five home runs and 18 RBI. The Redhawks’ pitching is paced by Madeline Krumrey who is 5-6 with a 2.94 ERA in a 81.0 innings of work.
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