Softball vs. South Carolina

The Razorbacks celebrate at home plate following a home run in the Wooo Pig Classic. Arkansas took all three games at South Carolina over the weekend to extend its win streak to 19 games.

The No. 19 Arkansas softball team (20-2, 3-0 in Southeastern Conference) swept the No. 20 South Carolina Gamecocks (13-6, 0-3) in its first SEC series of the season in Columbia, South Carolina, over the weekend. The Hogs improved their school-record, 19-game winning streak.

The Hogs kicked off the weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Gamecocks. Junior right-handed pitcher Mary Haff picked up her 11th win of the season while Arkansas cracked two home runs.

Neither team scored after the first four innings. Graduate senior shortstop Braxton Burnside hit a two-run home run into left field to break the scoreless tie after sophomore center fielder Sam Torres was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the fifth.

Arkansas followed up with a solo shot by junior right fielder Linnie Malkin to make it 3-1 after South Carolina got a run back on a RBI single by senior center fielder Krystan White in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Lauren Graves drove in a run with a pinch-hit single to extend the Hog lead to three.

Haff pitched a complete game and gave up six hits and an earned run. She also struck out 10 batters.

Game two featured a 10-inning affair with the Razorbacks edging out the Gamecocks, 7-5.

In the top of the third, Burnside powered a solo home run into right-center field to put the Hogs in front. After a double by junior first baseman Danielle Gibson, junior catcher Kayla Green drove her home on a double to lengthen the lead, 2-0.

The Gamecocks came back with a four-run inning in the bottom of the third. Right-handed freshman Lauren Howell started for the Hogs and was relieved in the third after giving up three runs by freshman right-hander Allie Light. Haff relieved Light in the bottom of the sixth and pitched for the rest of the game.

The Razorbacks tied the game in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded. After Green drew an RBI walk, Malkin evened the score with a single.

Arkansas took back the lead in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly by second baseman Keely Huffine. South Carolina tied the game back up in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI bunt single by graduate senior shortstop Kenzi Maguire with one out. Haff worked around the jam and sent the game into extras.

After Torres drew a four-pitch walk in the top of the 10th, Burnside hit her second home run of the series with a two-run bomb to give the Razorbacks the lead. Haff put up a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 10th and picked up her 12th win of the season.

The Hogs and Gamecocks found themselves in another tight game on Sunday to finish the weekend with Arkansas coming through, 3-2.

The Razorbacks came out the gate early in the first. After a walk by Torres, Burnside smashed her third home run of the series with a two-run blast.

In the bottom of the third, graduate senior second baseman Mackenzie Boesel tied the game with a two-run double.

Arkansas answered right back with a solo home run by Malkin in the top of the fourth with one out to retake the lead.

Right-handed freshman Jenna Bloom started for the Hogs and picked up her fourth win of the season. She pitched 4 ⅓ innings and allowed four hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out three batters. Haff made her third appearance of the weekend and finished off the game without allowing a baserunner. She obtained her second save of the season.

In total, Haff pitched 14 ⅔ innings over the weekend, while picking up two wins, a save, striking out 16 batters and throwing a combined 173 pitches.

The No. 19 Razorbacks will come back to Fayetteville to take on the Liberty Flames on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

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