After winning its first ever series against the Alabama Crimson Tide, 2-1, at home, the No. 19 Arkansas Razorback softball team (33-9, 8-7) look to continue their historic turnaround by playing the No. 8 Auburn Tigers (36-10 9-8) on the road April 20-22.
Razorback senior outfielder Tori Cooper was ecstatic following the huge win over Alabama, she said on Twitter.
“In case you didn’t hear, Hogs took a big series from Bama this weekend,” Cooper said. “It’s really amazing getting to experience these moments with this team. I would go to war for these people any day.”
Sophomore outfielder Sydney Parr mentioned this was an exciting stepping stone for the team, she said on Twitter.
“Hogs Win,” Parr said. “An incredible moment for this program.”
Auburn lost its last series to the Missouri Tigers, 2-0, in Columbia. Mizzou won game one, 5-4, and game two, 5-1. The third game was cancelled.
A glimmer of hope for a bounce-back for the Tigers is likely because of home-field advantage. They are 27-2 when they are playing at home.
The Razorbacks are 3-6 when playing on the road.
The Tigers’ batters will have to go avoid the mighty arms of Razorback pitchers in freshman Mary Haff and sophomore Autumn Storms. Haff has struck out 185 batters, and Storms has 93 strikeouts. Haff has given up 69 hits on the year, while Storm has given up 107. When Haff has pitched for the Razorbacks, she is 20-3. The team has gone 12-6 when Storms pitched.
Freshman outfielder Hannah McEwen is leading the Razorbacks with a .356 batting average. Out of Arkansas’ starters, McEwen also leads with 36 runs, 43 RBIs and eight home runs. Senior infielder Autumn Buczek leads with 48 hits and four triples. She has a .331 average. Junior infielder Ashley Diaz has a .314 average. She is tied for second with six home runs and 28 RBIs.
For the Razorbacks, they are lead by third-year head coach Courtney Deifel. She has broken last year’s record of 31-24 and 7-17 record in Southeastern Conference play. Overall, she is 81-72 at Arkansas.
The Tigers’ defense is lead by senior pitcher Kaylee Carlson and junior pitcher Makayla Martin. Carlson has struck out 100 opposing batters, and Martin has 84 strike outs. The Razorbacks need to play hard because of the records of these pitchers. When Carlson has pitched, the Tigers have gone 17-3. They’ve gone 14-4 when Martin plays.
Freshman infielder Taylon Snow leads the Tigers with a .394 batting average. Her stats include 43 hits and 19 runs. Senior outfielder Victoria Draper has a .381 batting average. Even if she is second in batting average, she can run fast and hit the ball hard. Draper has 36 runs and 48 hits, the most of all of Auburn’s starters. Junior infielder Casey McCrackin rounds the top three in batting with an average of .317. Along with 30 runs and 32 hits, McCrackin has hit seven home runs this season, the most on the team.
The Tigers are led by second-year head coach Mickey Dean. He is 85-22 overall at Auburn.
The first game in the series will be April 20 with the first pitch at 6 p.m. Game two will be on April 21 starting at 6 p.m. The series will conclude on April 22 at 2 p.m. All three games will be live on the SEC Network Plus.