FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team lost both games of a doubleheader Saturday to No. 20/17 Texas A&M by scores of 8-7 and 9-8, respectively. Collectively, the Razorbacks launched five home runs during the twin bill, tying their season high with three during game two. Arkansas is now 23-13 overall and 2-6 in SEC play.
The weekend series between the Razorbacks and Aggies concludes Sunday with game three at 1 p.m. (CT) at Bogle Park. Sunday’s game will be Kids Day in which fans 12 years and younger will have the chance to sign up to announce the names of Razorback hitters and run the bases after the game.
Arkansas trailed early in game one after the visitors posted a three-run first inning. However, back-to-back RBI singles from Devon Wallace and Stephanie Canfield plated the team’s first runs of the game in the second inning. With two outs, Kasey Fagan launched a three-run shot to left center to give the Razorbacks a 5-3 lead after two.
The Aggies responded with four runs in their half of the third to retake the lead. With Canfield on first and two outs on the board in the fourth, Clarisa Navarro lifted a two-run shot over the fence in left center to tie the score at 7-7. The La Joya, Texas, native tallied her 100th career RBI on the play. Neither team scored again until the top of the seventh when Texas A&M plated the winning run.
In game two, the Razorbacks scored in each of the first four innings but trailed Texas A&M (25-9, 6-5 SEC) by a score of 7-5 entering the seventh inning. Once again, the home team benefited from the long ball with solo shots from Jayme Gee in the second and Chloe Oprzedek in the fourth. Gee also added an RBI in the third inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Fagan from third.
After two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, the Aggies held a 9-5 advantage. Navarro led off Arkansas’ half of the seventh with a base hit. Fagan followed with a walk to put runners on first and second for Amanda Geile. The senior outfielder responded with a three-run blast to left center to bring the Razorbacks to within one run. However, the rally fell short with the next three hitters retired in order.
· First meeting between Arkansas and Texas A&M in Fayetteville
· Scored five or more runs in one inning 18 times this season
· 13 games this season with two or more home runs
o Fifth game this season with three home runs
· Every player in lineup had at least one hit during doubleheader
· Loss in game two is first of the season when scoring at least eight runs
· Amanda Geile is now tied for sixth (Dayna Huckabee) in program history with 20 career home runs
· Clarisa Navarro recorded the 100th RBI of her career with two-run HR in fourth inning
o Sixth player in program history to reach 100 career RBI
· Clarisa Navarro is now tied for 10th (Kayla Johnson) in program history with 17 career home runs
· Chloe Oprzedek moves into eighth on program list with 19 career home runs
· Devon Wallace moves into tie for 19th place in NCAA history with 172 career walks
o 12 shy of tying all-time SEC record
· Devon Wallace has reached base safely in 10-straight games
· First appearance for Kimmy Beasley since Feb. 21 vs. North Dakota at FGCU Round Robin
· Series finale Sunday at #BoglePark v Texas A&M > first pitch at 1p. #NeverYield
· Career milestone as @Tweetless_Varro records 100th career RBI in G1 v Texas A&M. #WPS
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