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March 4, 2013

SOFTBALL: Hogs' Larabee earns 200th win in Woo Pig title game

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.

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