Softball

Freshman Jenna Bloom throws a pitch during Saturday’s win at Auburn. Bloom earned the third of three victories of the weekend, locking up the Razorbacks’ fourth sweep in as many weeks.

The No. 11 Arkansas softball team swept the No. 25 Auburn Tigers from Thursday-Saturday at Jane B. Moore Stadium to remain undefeated in SEC play and extend its winning streak to 11 games. It was the first time since 2001 the Razorbacks swept the Tigers in Auburn.

The first game on Thursday featured graduate senior shortstop Braxton Burnisde breaking the Razorback single-season home run record. With the Hogs leading 3-0, Burnside sent a three-run home run into left-center field for her 18th home run of the season. Arkansas went on to win 6-1.

Right-handed junior pitcher Mary Haff started for the Razorbacks and picked up her nation-leading 18th win of the season. She pitched a complete game, allowing three hits, a walk and an earned run, also striking out four batters.

The Hogs shut out the Tigers, 3-0 Friday. The win was Arkansas’s 700th in program history.

Burnside collected all three RBIs on the day and went 3-4. After a two-out walk by junior left fielder Hannah McEwen in the top of the third, Burnside drove her in on a double to put the Hogs up, 1-0.

Burnside extended her program-record with her 19th home run into left-center field In the top of the fifth. In the seventh, she doubled into left-center to bring in sophomore center fielder Sam Torres from second.

Right-handed senior Autumn Storms threw a complete game, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. She obtained her fourth win of the year.

Arkansas picked up its seventh shutout of the season Saturday with a 2-0 victory to complete the sweep.

The Hogs scored quickly in the top of the first. Junior designated player Linnie Malkin drove in McEwen on an RBI single into right field.

In the top of the sixth, McEwen drove in senior second baseman Keely Huffine on a groundout to extend the lead.

The Tigers did not pitch to Burnside in Saturday’s game. In her first plate appearance, she drew a walk and intentionally walked in her other three.

The No. 11 Razorbacks will return to Bogle Park to face off against the Missouri State Bears on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

 

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