The No. 21 Arkansas softball team (0-1) traveled to Monroe, Louisiana, for the Best on the Bayou Classic on Thursday, Feb. 11. The Razorbacks first and only game of the tournament was against the No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (2-0) in a 12-11 loss.
The rest of the tournament was canceled due to inclement weather. The Hogs were originally scheduled to take on Lipscomb and Jacksonville State in a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 12 and end with another doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 13 against Oklahoma State and Louisiana-Monroe.
The Hogs were down 10-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. After scratching across a run, the Razorbacks opened up a seven-run sixth inning to take the lead over the Cowgirls, 11-10.
In the top of the seventh inning, Oklahoma State started off with a double by graduate senior Jordan Doggett. After a wild pitch that advanced Doggett to third, junior outfielder Chyenne Factor smoked one into right field for an RBI double to tie the game, 11-11.
Right-handed junior Mary Haff, who started the game, came back in to pitch for Arkansas, relieving freshman right-hander Lauren Howell. After a passed ball and a strikeout, OSU sophomore infielder Karli Petty hit a sacrifice fly into centerfield to score Factor from third.
In the bottom of the seventh, OSU right-handed sophomore Kelly Maxwell struck out the first two batters she faced. After surrendering a walk to junior outfielder Linnie Malkin, Maxwell struck out sophomore infielder Audrie LaValley to end the game.
Maxwell was credited as the winning pitcher and Haff was given the loss.
Haff pitched three innings and gave up four runs, though only one was earned, four hits and one walk. She struck out five batters in her first start of the season while throwing 65 pitches, 47 of which were strikes.
Arkansas senior infielder Braxton Burnside went 2-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs while scoring two runs.
The Razorback softball team is scheduled to travel to Arlington, Texas, to take part in the Maverick Classic from Friday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 21. The Hogs will start off with a doubleheader against the Wichita State Shockers at 10 a.m. and the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at 3 p.m.