Familiar Matchup Awaits in Norman Super Regional
NORMAN, Okla. – Having swept its way through the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, the No. 13 national seed University of Arkansas softball team continues its postseason run against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Norman Super Regional which begins Friday. First pitch of the weekend opener is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2.
The Razorbacks went undefeated in a 3-0 run through the NCAA Fayetteville Regional to earn the program’s first trip to an NCAA Super Regional. It also marked the first time in program history to host an NCAA Regional.
All-Time Series vs Oklahoma
Arkansas and Oklahoma have met 25 times prior to Friday’s Super Regionals opener. Five of those meeting have been in the postseason including last season’s 5-3 setback in an elimination game of the Norman Regional. The last three in the series have been decided by two runs.
Last Time Out
The Razorbacks rallied past Wichita State for a 6-4 victory to win the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Hannah McEwen and Autum Buczek each had two hits while Mary Haff picked up the win in 4.2 innings of scoreless relief.
And Then There Were Three
Whittled down from the initial list of 25, pitcher Mary Haff has been named a top-three finalist for National Freshman of the Year. Haff enters the weekend with a 29-6 mark in the circle to go along with a 1.35 ERA and 246 strikeouts.
Buczek Cracks the Top 10
With four hits during the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, senior Autumn Buczek moved into 10th place on Arkansas’ career hits list. With a career-high 63 hits this season, she is up to 185 hits during her career in Cardinal and White.
Let’s Hear It For Bogle
Arkansas clinched its Super Regional spot in front of 2,142 fans in the stands for Sunday’s win over Wichita State. Over 6,100 fans were in attendance for the Razorbacks’ three games including crowds of 1,985 and 2,011 on days two and three.
Arkansas had a program-high four players earn NFCA All-South Region accolades this season. Hannah McEwen was placed on first team, Autumn Buczek and Mary Haff earned spots on the second team while Katie Warrick was named to the third team.
For more information about Arkansas Softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.