Arkansas Media Relations
Arkansas Media Relations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —
The University of Arkansas softball team defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 3-2, Sunday at Bogle Park.
Arkansas head coach Mike Larabee won his 200th game of his career on Sunday. This was his 86th win at the University of Arkansas and Larabee was all smiles after winning number 200.
“I had no idea where I was as far as wins for a career,” Larabee said. “That was a big surprise and I definitely won’t forget the 200th win. It was a great day at Bogle Park.”
Devon Wallace hit a go-ahead homerun in the top of the seventh to give Arkansas a 3-2 lead. She finished the Woo Pig Classic going 7-for-11 with three homeruns, three doubles, eight walks, seven RBI and six runs scored. Larabee thought that the sophomore made her case for SEC player of the week.
“Unbelievable weekend,” Larabee said. “We are starting to expect that from her every weekend. It would be great for her to SEC player of the week.”
Coming out of relief in the fifth inning was another sophomore, Kimmy Beasley. She retired nine of the ten batters that she faced in three innings. She struck out seven while only allowing one hit. The 2012 SEC All-Freshman team performer received the win on Sunday.
“Just a dominate performance,” Larabee said. “Both pitchers did really well, but Kimmy was dominate, blowing the ball by them. I am proud of both of our pitchers today.”
The Razorbacks were the visiting team after earning a two seed in round-robin play. The team went down in order in the first and then Jacksonville State put two runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning off of Chelsea Cohen. Jessica Guy walked and then two batters later, Kalee Tabor skied a homerun into leftfield. This gave the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
Schroder cut the lead in half as she led off the second inning with a solo-homerun to dead centerfield. She hit the bomb after working a 3-2 count.
Cohen continued to struggle in the second as she struck out her fourth batter of the game to start the bottom half but then walked Amanda Martinez. Ella Denes followed the walk with an infield single to bring up Krystal Ruth with one out and two runners on. Cohen battled back to retire the last two batters of the inning.
She continued the momentum from the second and cruised through the lineup in the third. Cohen was helped out by second baseman Sierra Bronkey on a nice backhand play for out number one. The senior captain then struck out Tabor and got Savannah Sloan to pop out to end the inning.
Cohen struck out the side in the fourth to give her eight strikeouts on the day. This would be Cohen’s last inning as she went four innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out eight.
Arkansas gave its pitcher some help in the fifth as Oprzedek led off the inning with an inside the park homerun. The ball deflected off of the top of the centerfield wall and got away from the centerfielder, Denes. By the time she ran down the ball Oprzedek had hustled her way home, evening the game at two runs apiece.
Kimmy Beasley came in to work the fifth and she breezed through the next six batters that she faced, striking out four. The sophomore picked up the win after retiring nine of the ten batters that she faced in the game.
Wallace started the seventh inning with a solo homerun over the leftfield fence to give Arkansas a 3-2 lead. The 2012 SEC freshman of the year capped the Woo Pig Classic with her third homerun of the weekend. The bomb gave Arkansas its 16th win of the season.
Next up for the Hogs will be a home series with Utah Valley University. Game one of the series will be Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m.