Razorbacks Closes Day One With Back-to-Back Wins

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Freshman pitcher Mary Haff throws a pitch while en-route to the seventh no-hitter in school history, according to the Arkansas Razorbacks, in a 9-0 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears in 6 innings on March 2.
 
 
 

The Razorback softball team (11-1) continues to make program history, and freshman pitcher Mary Haff did just that when she threw Arkansas’ seventh no-hitter in a 9-0 win over Northern Colorado (9-8) on Friday night.

The Bears came in with full confidence after defeating the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 8-3 earlier that day.

Haff, who came into the game with a reputation for being a freshman phenom on the mound, earned twelve strikeouts and only threw four balls.

A no-hitter was in the making for Haff, Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel said.

“She’s been knocking on the door of getting a no-hitter, and she finally got to do that,” Deifel said.

Northern Colorado switched between two pitchers: seniors Lauren Paige and Chandler Elsner. Paige allowed eight hits and six runs. Elsner allowed four hits and three runs. Neither picher recorded a strikeout.

The Hogs’ first run was a homer in the bottom of the first from freshman right fielder Hannah McEwen, which allowed senior third basemen Autumn Buczek to score, as well. McEwen received two RBIs. The crowd was ecstatic to see the Razorbacks hit a homer in the first inning, putting them up 2-0 against the Bears.

McEwen’s homer wasn’t the only one the crowd got to see that evening. Only two innings later, freshman catcher Kayla Green hit one over the left fence. McEwen and sophomore infielder Keely Edwards also scored, giving Green three RBIs for the night.

McEwen’s favorite moment from the game was Green’s home run, she said.

“Standing on third and getting to watch that fly out of here was pretty surreal,” McEwen said.

The last few runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore infielder Aly Manzo hit a double and allowed senior left fielder Tori Cooper to receive a run. McEwen wasn’t done for the night, as she later hit the ball to left field and picked up a single. Her single allowed two runs for Manzo and junior second basemen Haydi Bugarin. The game finished after the Razorbacks got three outs, giving the Hogs their 12th win of the season.

Deifel said she is happy with all the positivity around the locker room.

After her increible no-hitter, Haff said she knows what is the key for the next game.

“[We got] to go at them fearless,” Haff said. “Never give them anything, fight for every pitch.”

Arkansas will go up against Dartmouth Big Green again on March 3 at 4 p.m while Northern Colorado will play Dartmouth at 10 a.m on March 3.

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