Arkansas’ (32-14, 6-8) softball team took on in-state competitor UA Pine Bluff (4-25) for the first time in school history. The Hogs picked up a mercy-rule win in the last non-conference game of the season and scored all 10 of their runs in the first three innings.
Sophomore left fielder Hannah McEwen and senior second baseman Haydi Bugarin combined for six RBIs each and both recorded a home run. Bugarin batted two-for-two at the plate and homered in her second consecutive game. McEwen currently leads the Hogs with a .362 batting average and 54 total hits.
The Hogs put up five runs in the third, as sophomore catcher Kayla Green started off the inning by drawing a walk and reached second base on a single up the middle by junior center fielder Sydney Parr. Bugarin’s second at-bat of the night resulted in a double to left field, bringing in the run from second and giving Arkansas a six-run lead. Sophomore infielder Nicole Duncan would single to score Parr, followed by a sacrifice fly to score senior outfielder Carley Haizlip, pushing the lead to eight runs.
Junior pitcher Autumn Storms started for the Hogs and finished with two strikeouts while facing only 12 batters. Junior pitcher Lauren Graves made her sixth appearance of the season and struck out four Lions in the combined shutout.
The Razorbacks will take on No. 7 LSU (36-9) at 6 p.m. April 18 in Fayetteville.