The University of Arkansas softball team scored six runs in the first inning on its way to a 9-0 win over Missouri State Tuesday evening at Bogle Park. Amanda Geile and Devon Wallace each homered in the game as the Razorbacks snapped a four-game losing streak. Kasey Fagan and Grace Moll combined for the team’s seventh shutout of the season. With the result, Arkansas improves to 24-14 overall.
Arkansas benefitted from four walks in the opening frame and needed just two hits to jump out to a 6-0 lead. The big hits came off the bats of Jessica Harrison with a two-run single and Chloe Oprzedek who capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run triple. The Razorbacks added their seventh run with an RBI single by Jayme Gee in the second inning.
Wallace turned on the first pitch she saw in the third and deposited a solo shot over the wall in right field, her team-leading 10th home run of the year. Geile led off the fourth inning by launching her sixth home run of the season, a solo homer to left center. Arkansas has hit at least two home runs in four-consecutive games. In addition to picking up the win Tuesday, Fagan reached base twice and scored two runs. She is now 6-1 in the circle this season.
The Razorbacks return to conference play this weekend with a road trip to Tuscaloosa to face No. 4 Alabama. The three-game series begins Friday at 8 p.m. (CT). Games one and three of the series will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN, respectively, with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties.
·All-time series vs. Missouri State: Tied, 18-18
oWon 18 of the last 27 meetings
·Scored at least eight runs in 21 games this season; 20-1 in those games
·Scored five or more runs in one inning 20 times this season
·15th game this season with two or more home runs
oNine home runs over the past four games
·15th win by run rule this season, first since March 23 at Ole Miss
·Stephanie Canfield recorded the 100th hit of her career with third-inning bunt single
·Amanda Geile is now tied for fifth place (Jessica Bachkora) in program history with 21 career home runs
·Clarisa Navarro recorded 160th hit of her career with second-inning single
·Chloe Oprzedek is now tied for eighth place (Danica White) in program history with 95 career RBI
·Devon Wallace moves into tie for 17th place in NCAA history with 175 career walks
oNine shy of tying the SEC career record
·Devon Wallace is the second player (Miranda Dixon) in program history to hit 10+ home runs in three different seasons
·SEC weekend road series at No. 4 Alabama begins Friday, third top-five opponent of the season #NeverYield
·Two TV appearances next weekend at Alabama > Friday on @ESPNU and Sunday on @ESPN #NeverYield
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