Moll, Seventh-Inning Score Lift Razorbacks to Win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind a complete-game shutout from junior Grace Moll and a seventh-inning score, the University of Arkansas softball team posted a 1-0 win over Wright State Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Wooo Pig Classic. Moll struck out six and allowed just one hit to keep the Raiders off the scoreboard and pinch runner Kylie Smith scored the game’s only run on the final play.
The Razorbacks close out their 11-game home stand Wednesday evening against Missouri State. First pitch of the midweek matchup is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) and will be streamed on SEC Network+ and through the WatchESPN app. General admission for all home games is $5 while students (with valid UA ID) and fans 17 years and younger get in free.
Facing a two-on, one-out jam in the second inning, Moll struck out the next two Wright State hitters to erase her toughest stretch of the day. Including the two strikeouts, Moll retired 15 in a row from the end of the second into the top of the seventh inning. A single to right field with one out in the seventh inning broke up the no-hitter bid but she responded with a pair of ground balls to get the final two outs with no further damage.
Arkansas (11-9) had at least one runner on base in five of the first six innings but couldn’t bring home any runs until putting together a score in the seventh. In her first appearance of the weekend, Smith came in to pinch run for Madison Yannetti who led off the frame with a walk. Pinch hitter Carley Haizlip followed with a well-placed base hit to shallow left field, and the Razorbacks had runners on first and second with no outs.
Parker Pocklington, who entered the game tied for the SEC lead in sacrifice bunts, laid down her sixth sacrifice of the year to move both runners into scoring position. In the next at-bat, Autumn Russell chopped a ball back to the pitcher who threw to first for the would-be out but the ball was dropped which allowed Smith to run down the line from third and slide in under the tag for the game-winning tally.
Moll was credited with all four of the team’s wins during this weekend’s Wooo Pig Classic with two complete-game efforts. Shelby Hiers paced the Razorbacks’ offense with eight hits, five RBI and four runs scored. She also had three of Arkansas’ eight home runs. The home tournament marked the final weekend before the start of SEC play. The Razorbacks open SEC competition next weekend with a road trip to Knoxville to face No. 16/20 Tennessee.
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