The No. 17 Arkansas softball team (21-3, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its SEC home opener against the Ole Miss Rebels (18-8, 3-1 SEC), 5-1, on Friday. The Razorbacks were coming off a loss to the Liberty Flames, who snapped the Hogs’ school-best 19-game winning streak.
Arkansas started off with an RBI single by sophomore third baseman Valerie Ventura that scored pinch runner Cally Kildow from third with two outs in the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third, the Hogs put up a three-run rally. After back-to-back singles by senior shortstop Keely Huffine and sophomore center fielder Sam Torres, junior left fielder Hannah McEwen slapped an RBI double into left field. Junior first baseman Danielle Gibson followed up with a single to score Torres from third and extend the Hog lead to 3-0.
In the same inning, senior right fielder Aly Manzo reached on an error that scored McEwen from third.
The bottom of the fifth featured junior catcher Kayla Green singling down the left-field line to drive in a run after Gibson doubled to start off the inning.
The Rebels’ lone run came in the top of the sixth when senior catcher Autumn Gillespie drove in senior right fielder Abbey Latham on a sacrifice fly in center field.
Junior right-handed pitcher Mary Haff started for the Razorbacks and pitched her eighth complete game of the year, obtaining her nation-leading 13th victory of the season. She allowed seven hits, an unearned run and no walks, while striking out four batters on 94 pitches. She lowered her ERA to 0.88 and has a WHIP of 0.821.
Senior lefty Anna Borgen started for the Rebels and pitched four innings. She gave up eight hits, five runs, four earned runs and hit a batter, while striking out four in her first loss of the season.
The No. 17 Razorbacks will take on the Rebels on Saturday at 1 p.m. for game two of the three-game series. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.