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Junior Hannah McEwen connects with a pitch Feb. 29 during Arkansas’s 2-1 loss to Florida State.

Arkansas was unable to capture a top-10 win Saturday afternoon as they fell in a tight contest to No. 9 Florida State, 2-1.

The game started out with senior pitcher Autumn Storms striking out two of the three batters and allowing Florida State’s Dani Morgan to get to first due to an error from catcher Kayla Green. Green would make up for it by throwing Morgan out while she was attempting to steal second rounding off the top of the first.

Junior Braxton Burnside would be the Hogs’ only batter to get on base when she sent a rocket out to right field where Florida State’s Cassidy Davis made a costly error by dropping the ball. The Seminoles center fielder Devyn Flaherty would get two impressive outs with her running into the wall to catch the third.

FSU would end up on the board first after shortstop Josie Muffley sent the ball to the left-field fence where the Razorbacks recorded two errors and Muffley got an RBI.

The next time the Seminoles would come up to bat, Freshman Kiersten Landers would steal two bases due to an attempt to be thrown out that was overruled. During the third, both teams couldn’t find a rhythm offensively.

Going through a dull fourth inning, the atmosphere at Bogle Park started to dwindle down as fans of both teams waited for more action.

That action was picked up when FSU Junior Elizabeth Mason hit the ball out to center-right. Morgan would cross the plate giving FSU the 2-0 lead. Mason was tagged out at third from an impressive out from Arkansas’s Lenni Malkin. Malkin threw an absolute bullet from right field to third base.

The Arkansas team sparked when Senior Ryan Jackson got a hit in the infield and beat the throw to first. The Razorback crowd got engaged and was as loud as they were all night while Jackson made multiple celebratory jumps. An FSU error from catcher Kaia LoPreste caused FSU’s first run when Burnside stole for third and overthrew third base allowing Burnside to bring in the run.

FSU decided to walk right fielder Linnie Malkin replacing her with designated runner Audrie LaValley. Unfortunately, the Hogs couldn’t bring in any more runs in the fifth.

During the bottom of the seventh, Keely Huffine got on base because of an FSU error in the infield. Unfortunately, the Razorbacks couldn’t get the bats going rounding out the game and lost to FSU, 2-1, bringing their record to 2-2 in the Wooo Pig Classic.

Arkansas finished the Wooo Pig Classic 4-2, losing both of its matchups against ranked opponents. The Razorbacks will return to the field Friday in Tuscaloosa against Alabama.

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