Late-Game Rallies Fall Short vs. Oklahoma State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite a game-tying sixth inning and a would-be rally in the seventh, the University of Arkansas softball team dropped a 10-7 midweek decision to Oklahoma State Wednesday evening at Bogle Park. The offense tallied 10 hits including three from senior Stephanie Canfield while freshman Ashley Diaz registered two RBI in the game. In the midst of an 11-game home stand, Arkansas (7-8) returns to its home field Friday to host the Woo Pig Classic.
This weekend’s pre-conference tournament will also feature Buffalo, Northern Iowa and Wright State. The Razorbacks open play Friday with games at 3 and 5:30 p.m. (CT). The team is set to repeat the schedule Saturday followed by a single game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Games Friday and Sunday will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and through the WatchESPN app.
With an infield single in the fourth inning, Canfield moved into sole possession of seventh place on Arkansas’ all-time hits list. In Wednesday’s game, she recorded her ninth multi-hit game of the season and her second outing this year with three hits. The St. Joseph, Ill., native is nine shy of joining the program’s 200-hit club, and has now hit safely in 14 of 15 games this season.
Diaz notched her team-leading ninth game of the season with two or more RBI. Having cut the Oklahoma State lead to two runs, the Razorbacks had runners on second and third with Diaz stepping to the plate in the sixth inning. She responded with a two-run single through the left side, scoring Canfield and Tori Cooper to tie the game at 6-all. Cooper got the scoring started in the frame with a pinch-hit double that brought Shelby Hiers home from second.
The Razorbacks scored first with an RBI single down the left-field line by Rachel Box which plated Autumn Russell for the game’s first run. Oklahoma State (6-10) scored two in the top of the second before Arkansas tied it up in the home half of the inning thanks to a throwing error that allowed Lauren Archuleta to score all the way from first.
With the score tied entering the seventh inning, the Cowgirls scored four runs of their own to re-establish the lead and go up 10-6 on the scoreboard. Hiers kept her team alive with a one-out double in the seventh. Madison Yannetti lined out to second base but an errant throw trying to double off Hiers rolled all the way to the wall which allowed the Razorback junior to score the team’s seventh run. The game ended with a called third strike.
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