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Woo Pig Classic Champions

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Woo Pig Classic Champions

FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas softball team wrapped up play in the Woo Pig Classic on Sunday with a pair of wins over IUPUI and an extra inning victory over Butler. This improves the Razorbacks overall record to 16-2 on the season and 10-0 at home.Arkansas opened its second day of play in the Woo Pig Classic grabbing a 3-1 victory over IUPUI. The Razorbacks and Jaguars went scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when sophomore, Amanda Geile opened the inning with a homerun, her fourth of the season. Sophomore, Chloe Oprzedek followed Geile’s homerun with one of her own, her third on the weekend. Sophomore Clarisa Navarro decided to add to homerun festivities when she blasted a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth, giving Arkansas the 3-0 lead. "We only had three hits this game, but they were three bombs," said Head Coach Mike Larabee. "It’s not always about how many hits you get, it is about getting those timely hits that can win the game." The Jags responded with one run in the top of the seventh, but could not bring in enough runs, ending the game with a 3-1 score. Freshman, Kimmy Beasley threw all seven innings, grabbing seven strikeouts and improving her record to 5-0 on the season."I thought Kimmy threw a solid game," said Larabee. "She is improving every game."The Championship game was filled with more excitement from the Razorbacks who battled back from being down twice, before holding on for the win. Arkansas struck first when Navarro was brought in off a throwing error to give them the 1-0 lead. Butler responded in the top of the third hitting two doubles to center field and scoring two runs. Arkansas answered in the bottom of the sixth with two runs coming from sophomores, Ashley Martindale and Oprzedek to take the 3-2 lead.Once again the Bulldogs came back and tied the game at three in the top of the seventh.The Razorbacks had a chance to win in regulation when they loaded the bases off of three walks in the bottom of the seventh. Pitching from Butler held strong, striking out three and taking the game to extra innings. In the eighth the international tie break rule came into play placing a free runner on at second. Butler took advantage in the top of the inning when Winters blasted a homerun to left field for two RBI and giving the Bulldogs the 5-3 lead.With pressure weighing on their shoulders, the Razorbacks answered with a RBI from senior, Tori Mort scoring the free runner on second and bringing the score to 5-4. After a Wallace walk, and an intentional trip to first for Sierra Bronkey the bases were loaded for Geile. Geile had the game winning double over the center fielders head to win the game, in walk off-fashion."The girls will to win is unbelievable," said Larabee. "They are the cardiac backs and never give up."Arkansas is back in action on Wednesday when they open conference play with a doubleheader against Ole Miss at 3/5 p.m.

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Sports Category : Softball