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April 5, 2013

SOFTBALL: Arkansas welcomes No. 13 LSU to Bogle Park

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas will counter Fico with their stud-sophomore, Devon Wallace. She was named the National Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com and the SEC Player of the Week by the conference office for her exceptional performance in Arkansas’ sweep of No. 22 Georgia. She went 5-for- 8 (.625) in the three games last weekend against the Bulldogs. The Double Oak, Texas native homered in all three games of the series, including a walk-off grand slam in game two. She also scored three runs and knocked in seven RBI in the series. The 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year walked three times against the Bulldogs, increasing her walk total to an SEC-leading 46. Wallace is now five walks away from breaking the UA career record of 103. She also leads the SEC this season with a .636 on base percentage and is second with 44 runs scored. The leadoff hitter for the Hogs is third in the SEC with a .429 average and tied for fourth with 12 homeruns.

“She worked hard last week,” Larabee said. “She put in extra time with our coaching staff and worked alone on her swing. Devon came out and got right back to where she was before the Florida series.”

The pitching staff was also superb last weekend as Chelsea Cohen started all three games against No. 22 Georgia. She garnered two wins and gave up four runs in her 16 innings pitched. Her classmate, Hope McLemore was inserted into game three and threw five shutout innings. McLemore received her fourth win of the season after giving up only two hits and striking out five.

“That was the best I have seen Hope throw in a long time,” Larabee said. “She had a great demeanor and went with her top pitches. We didn’t try to throw many pitchers, just our top two, and they competed well.”

Arkansas was swept by LSU last season and the team has not defeated the Tigers in their last 11 tries. Arkansas is 8-48, all-time, against the Bayou Bengals.

Game two of the LSU series will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. and fans are encouraged to purchase one dollar tickets to the Saturday game. The series finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bogle Park.

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