Lady'Backs Upset No. 12 Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Arkansas softball team recorded its Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Georgia, in Athens, Ga., Sunday, March 12.
The win marks the Lady Razorbacks (12-10, 1-2) first against the Bulldogs (19-6, 2-1) since 2001and the first in Athens since 2000.
Arkansas softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton said he was thrilled with the win and hopes to have more quality performances in the circle.
“Blaire Perry gutted it out for six innings and Katy (Henry) came in and closed it out,” he said. “If we can get that type of pitching, we’re going to make some noise.”
After a scoreless four innings, the Lady’Backs took a 1-0 lead. Senior pitcher Blaire Perry hit a leadoff double in the fifth. Perry then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman infielder Kayla Johnson. Sophomore infielder Dayna Huckabee collected the RBI when Perry scored on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Pinkerton said he was pleased with the Lady’Backs execution in the one-run game.
“We had good, timely hitting in the fifth and that was the ballgame,” he said. “It was textbook softball and it won us the game.”
The Arkansas defense held strong in the bottom of the inning when senior outfielder Mindy O’Malley made all three outs including two diving catches.
Perry (4-4) took the win while recording five strikeouts and giving up only three hits. Sophomore Katy Henry replaced Perry in the seventh inning and earned her second save of the season.
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