PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO - The University of Arkansas softball wasted no time recovering from a tough, 3-2 walk-off loss to #5 Washington last night, as they fired up the bats against Northern Colorado and defeated the bears in five innings, 11-0.
The Razorbacks will close out their time in Mexico with a Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon game against Sacramento State, first pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. Arkansas will return to Fayetteville to host Southeast Missouri State on Thursday (Feb. 21) for its home opener and the start of the Razorback Invitational.
How It Happened
Autumn Storms pitched her third complete game of the season, earning her fourth win and first shutout of the season. Storms' shutout win gives her an impressive 0.56 overall earned run average.
The Hogs recorded a season-best 15 hits in the victory, as four Razorbacks recorded multi-hit games: Danielle Gibson, Kayla Green, Nicole Duncan and Sydney Parr.
Ten different Razorbacks earned hits in the win, while eight recorded RBI. Green, Parr, and Sydney Benz each batted in two runs apiece.
In the second inning, Maggie Hicks would be the first Hog across the plate. Hannah McEwen started the third inning scoring on a single by Ashley Diaz. Following Diaz was Green, who sent her first home run of the 2019 season over the centerfield wall.
Riding a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning, the Razorbacks would bat around the order, scoring seven runs on six hits.
Haydi Bugarin was the first on base, reaching first on a hit-by-pitch call. Duncan soared a double into right-center field that put both Hogs in scoring position.
Four straight RBI would follow, off the bats of Parr, McEwen, Gibson and Katie Warrick, giving the Razorbacks an 8-0 lead with only one out on the board.
Northern Colorado would call for a pitching change, but the Hogs kept firing away, stacking on three more runs with back-to-back doubles from pinch-hitters, Benz and Linnie Malkin.
Arkansas moves to 7-1 on the season, and 5-1 all-time against Northern Colorado.