Razorbacks Set for Rematch with Tulsa at Stillwater Regional
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team will see a familiar face on day one of the Stillwater Regional, the Razorbacks and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will open up the regional on Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. (CT).
Arkansas (38-18) holds an advantage over Tulsa (35-18) in multiple offensive categories including batting average, hits, runs and home runs. The Razorbacks are anchored by sophomore Hannah McEwen, who batting in the leadoff spot has reached base in all but six games this season and tops the team with 72 hits.
Tulsa’s lineup is highlighted by Julia Hollingsworth, a 5-7 senior outfielder who has recorded a .420 average through 49 games for Tulsa. Besides Hollingsworth, only one other is batting .300 or higher.
In the circle, Tulsa looks to Chenise Delce. Delce has a team-leading 20 starts and a 1.60 ERA, giving up 94 hits in 126.2 innings pitched. The Golden Hurricane enters the weekend with a 2.73 team ERA.
Arkansas’ junior right-hand pitcher Autumn Storms’ 1.04 walks per seven innings is second-best in a single season by a Razorback, she’s behind only Tammy Kincaid (0.97, 1999 with 244.1 IP). Storms is part of a Razorback pitching staff that has compiled a 1.99 ERA as a team.
The Razorbacks are familiar with the Golden Hurricane after facing them earlier this season at Bogle Park and falling to Tulsa, 2-1 in a pitchers’ duel. Tulsa took the lead in the 5th inning off back-to-back base hits from Alexis Perry and Rylie Spell, with Spell’s double bringing in Perry for the winning run.
Arkansas had the winning run on base in the seventh but left two Hogs stranded at the end of the game. Arkansas faced Delce and Kassidy Scott in the circle and recorded four hits (two from Diaz) in the loss.
All-session tickets are $60 and individual session tickets are $15 for a chairback and $10 for a standing room only ticket.
All-Session tickets for the regional have already sold out.
Individual session Reserved Seating tickets (if available) and Standing Room ONLY tickets will go on sale approximately 60 minutes prior to each session at the ticket booth located outside the northwest gate of the stadium. Each game is its own session. Each participating team is allotted 100 tickets for each game in which they compete.
Will call tickets will be located at the ticket booth just outside the northwest gate of Cowgirl Stadium beginning 60 minutes prior to the first game of each day.
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