Arkansas (33-14, 7-9) softball won game one of the home series against LSU (36-10, 13-6) 8-5 after three different lead changes and three Razorback homers.
The Hogs answered first with back-to-back hits from sophomore left fielder Hannah McEwen and sophomore designated player Danielle Gibson. Senior first baseman Ashley Diaz hit a line-drive homer to dead center to give Arkansas the lead 3-0. Diaz’s home run puts her as the eighth Razorback in school history to record 200 career hits.
A clutch two-run homer from pinch hitter Linnie Malkin gave the Hogs the lead 7-5 and was the first pinch-hit home run this season for Arkansas. In the bottom of the sixth, senior Katie Warrick sent the first pitch over the wall in left-center field, extending the lead to 8-5.
LSU did most of its damage in the top of the second, scoring two runs on a passed ball and home run to right field.
Junior center fielder Sydney Parr stopped the Tigers from tying it up by throwing out an LSU runner at home plate.
Sophomore pitcher Mary Haff came in to pitch with runners on first and second with one out but gave up two costly hits as the Tigers took a 5-3 lead in the top of the third.
The Hogs will take on the Tigers for the second game of the series at 6 p.m. April 19 at Bogle Park.