Razorbacks Drop Opener to No. 15/12 Kentucky

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team lost a 9-0 decision to No. 15/12 Kentucky in five innings Friday afternoon at Bogle Park. Junior Shelby Hiers tallied the Razorbacks’ lone hit with a double in the fourth to break up a no-hit bid by Kentucky starter Kelsey Nunley. Arkansas (13-17, 0-4 SEC) and the Wildcats are back on the field Saturday at 12 p.m. (CT) for game two of their weekend set.

Saturday’s game will be televised by the SEC Network with Trey Bender and Jenny Dalton-Hill handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. It will be the first of three televised home games for the Razorbacks this season along with their games April 20 against No. 13 Oklahoma and April 30 against seventh-ranked LSU.

Following Saturday’s conference matchup, the Razorbacks will host a free post-game clinic for children ages 5-12 that will feature one-on-one instruction from the Razorback coaching staff and student-athletes. Tickets for all home games are $5 for adults while students with valid UA ID and fans 17 years and younger receive complimentary admission. Click HERE to register your child for the clinic.

Having gone down in order through the first three innings, the Razorbacks picked up their first hit of the game with Hiers’ low shot up the middle. The junior outfielder slid in safely at second for her fifth double of the season. Hiers have reached base in seven-straight games and 18 of the last 19. Nunley, however, kept Arkansas off the board for the remainder of the game.

Junior Grace Moll got the start against Kentucky (28-4, 6-1 SEC) and needed just 10 pitches to work a 1-2-3 inning in the first but with one down in the second, the Wildcats strung together four hits in a row to take a 4-0 lead. Reliever Claire Clark gave up five runs over the final three innings.

For information about purchasing tickets for home games this season, call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151, email raztk@uark.edu or visit the Razorback Ticket Center located next to Baum Stadium. The ticket window at Bogle Park opens one hour before first pitch of each game. Follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter for more information about Arkansas Softball.