Big Innings Cost Razorbacks in Saturday Loss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nicole Schroeder and Tori Cooper each had hits Saturday but the University of Arkansas softball team was overwhelmed in a 23-0 loss in game two of its weekend series with No. 3/2 Auburn. The two teams close out their SEC series Sunday with a 1 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Bogle Park.
As part of its home weekend, Arkansas (17-27, 1-13 SEC) is hosting Bark in the Park throughout the series against Auburn. All dogs and their owners are asked to enter through the gate along the line in right field. At that time, owners will need to fill out a waiver form. The Humane Society will also be in attendance with adoptable dogs.
Schroeder collected a lead-off single in the second inning to push her streak of reaching base safely to a season-high eight games. It’s the second-longest streak of her career, trailing only a stretch of 10 games from her freshman season in 2013. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native has now registered a hit in four straight and seven of the Razorbacks’ last eight games. She has raised her batting average nearly 40 points during the streak.
Drawing her fifth start of the year in the two spot in the lineup, Cooper drove a 2-2 pitch from Auburn starter Makayla Martin to the wall in left field for a double to lead off the fourth inning. It was her fourth two-base hit of the season, and second in an SEC game. In a pair of career firsts, Danielle Brochu tallied a strikeout in her first inning of work Saturday while Ileana Aleman was plunked in her first-career at-bat in the fifth.
Auburn (40-4, 11-3 SEC) scored 18 of its 23 runs in the second and fourth innings and were aided by home runs by Madi Gipson, Jade Rhoades and Courtney Shea. After her double in the fourth, Cooper took the ball and went to the circle for the fifth inning. She held the Tigers to one run on one hit with the visitors manufacturing their final run with a walk and a pair of fielder’s choice putouts.
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