FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas softball team topped the Utah Utes on Sunday, 5-1 at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.
Arkansas finished the Red Desert Classic with a perfect five wins and zero loses. This is the first time in Arkansas softball history that a team has started 5-0. Previously, the best start for the Hogs was 4-1 in 2012. Leading the way for the Razorbacks on Sunday was senior Chelsea Cohen and freshman Stephanie Canfield. Head coach Mike Larabee was excited to post the best five game start in school history.
“Utah is a scrappy ball club.” Larabee said. “This was a great win. Our goal was to come out here and win five games and we did that.”
Cohen went through the first 3.1 innings without allowing a hit. She allowed three walks in the first three innings but settled in and regained control in the final four. Cohen finished the game allowing only one run with six strikeouts and allowed four hits. Larabaee was happy with the performance of his senior.
“She really battled,” Larabee said. “You aren’t always going to have your best stuff, but she really grinded it out today. Her changeup was working great today.”
The Arkansas offense was paced by Canfield. She went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. The newcomer went 12-for-21 in her first five games as a Razorback with five RBI, two triples and three runs scored. Larabee was ecstatic about his freshman’s performance after the game.
“She is such a complete player,” Larabee said. “Both offensively and defensively, she is a magician with the bat. She is the true triple-threat that you love to coach.”
After two scoreless innings, Arkansas jumped on the board in the third inning when Chloe Oprzedek hit her first homerun of the season over the leftfield fence. Oprzedek continued her hot start of the 2013 season versus Utah, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. She has now hit .538 through the first five games of the season.