After being dominated in back-to-back games, the No. 6 Arkansas softball team overcame the No. 19 Missouri Tigers, 8-4, Monday at Bogle Park. The Hogs improved their record to 38-7 on the year and remain on top of the standings at 17-4 in the Southeastern Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the No. 3 Florida Gators.
The Bogle Bombers started off the scoring with a three-run home run by freshman third baseman Hannah Gammill, her eighth of the year. Junior first baseman Danielle Gibson followed up with her 15th blast of the season to extend Arkansas’ lead, 4-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Gibson drove in a run on a groundout. Junior designated player Linnie Malkin singled up the middle to drive in graduate senior shortstop Braxton Burnside from third to make it a 6-0 game.
Mizzou found a spark of offense in the top of the fourth with a four-run rally. Senior third baseman Kimberly Wert smacked a two-run home run into center field with one out. Junior first baseman Emily Raabe went on to hit a two-run homer of her own to cut the lead to two.
Burnside led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo blast into left-center for her 24th homer of the year.
Gibson drove in junior left fielder Hannah McEwen from second in the fifth for her third RBI of the game, re-establishing a four-run lead.
“We challenged (the players) and they completely stepped up,” Arkansas head coach Courtney Deifel said in a Zoom postgame press conference. “(They) had a great vibe from the time they got here. I felt like they did a great job of controlling the momentum.”
Right-handed junior pitcher Mary Haff started for the Hogs and picked up her 21st victory of the season. She pitched 6 ⅓ innings and allowed eight hits, four earned runs and a walk while striking out five batters.
“I think it showed a lot of confidence,” Haff said. “I think Braxton’s home run really just sealed the deal for us. After they had that four-run inning, coming back and scoring that one run was really big for us to just kinda take back the momentum.”
Senior right-hander Autumn Storms came in at the top of the seventh and finished off the last two outs for her fourth save of the season.
Arkansas tied a season-high for most hits in a game with 13 from the March 13 matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Gammill, Gibson and junior catcher Kayla Green recorded three knocks each.
The Razorbacks will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to take on the LSU Tigers Saturday-Monday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.