Arkansas Softball Sweeps the Weekend

Sophomore pitcher Mary Haff delivers a pitch against Omaha Feb. 28, en route to 12 strikeout performance.

 

The Razorbacks (18-3) went undefeated through the Wooo Pig Classic led by SEC Pitcher of the Week Mary Haff’s .62 cumulative ERA.

After freezing temperatures delayed the opening pitch, the Hogs started off the tournament with a 2-0 win against the University of Nebraska Omaha (1-10). Sophomore right-handed pitcher Mary Haff sat down 12 Mavericks with zero walks to pick up her eighth win of the season. Senior third baseman Haydi Bugarin scored sophomore Nicole Duncan on a base hit to left field in the fourth, giving the Hogs the lead. Duncan would score off a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield by freshman shortstop Maggie Hicks.

The Hogs from jumped out to an early lead against Northwestern State University (8-7) with seven runs in the first inning, including a grand slam by sophomore catcher Kayla Green over the left-centerfield wall. Junior pitcher Autumn Storms’ complete game performance with nine strikeouts and one base on balls wore down the Lady Demons, leading the Hogs to an 8-2 win.

The second matchup against Omaha resulted in a 9-0 run-rule for the Hogs, giving them their sixth shutout on the season. Haff allowed only one hit through the five innings. Arkansas’ offensive production started out strong after senior Katie Warrick hit a two-run homer into the parking lot. Sophomore Danielle Gibson and senior Ashley Diaz gave the Hogs a 4-0 lead after they each hit solo home runs in the third. The long ball marked Gibson’s sixth home run on the season and Diaz’s second. A powerful five-run fourth inning sent the game to the fifth where it was closed out by Haff.

In the second game Friday, the Hogs struck early putting up a six-run lead after three innings of play. Despite the early lead, the University of Nevada Wolf Pack would battle back by tying the game in the fifth. Haff would come in to relieve Storms and strike out the next three in order for the Wolf Pack. The Hogs would take the go-ahead lead in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI from to Warrick. Two more runs in the sixth secured the 9-6 win for the Hogs.

Arkansas swept Boston University (8-4) in a double-header on the final day of the Wooo Pig Classic. The Hogs’ offense started hot putting up four runs highlighted by a three-run home run from Duncan. These would be the only runs that crossed the plate for the Hogs but would be enough to secure the win. Haff took control recording another 12-strikeout complete game with no walks. A two-run Boston homer in the sixth would not be enough as the Hogs won 4-2.

Game two displayed an impressive offensive performance by both teams as they racked up a combined 19 runs. Storms started in the circle for the Hogs, and she finished with 11 strikeouts. After the Terriers took a 7-6 lead, Storms would be relieved by Haff in the sixth inning. A clutch double by Duncan got the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth. Duncan would score off a double to the warning track by junior Aly Manzo tying the game at 7-7. The Hogs would answer with five more runs in the remainder of the inning to push ahead and win 12-7.

Arkansas will travel to play the Missouri State Bears (13-7) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

Sylas Smith joined The Arkansas Traveler in 2019 as a sports reporter.

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