Pitching Brings Razorbacks to Regionals

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The 13th ranked Razorback softball team has had an incredible year, resulting in the program’s first chance to host a regional in program history this weekend.

One of the biggest reasons for the team’s driving forces this season has been their two aces in the circle. Freshman Mary Haff and sophomore Autumn Storms have a combined ERA of 1.86 and 335 strikeouts. DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti knows that figuring out the dynamic duo will be key to getting past the Razorbacks.

“They complement each other really well, they do different things,” Lenti said at the Blue Demons’ practice on Thursday. “I think that’s going to be the biggest challenge for everybody this weekend is to find ways to score runs. The teams that usually advance out of regionals are the teams that find ways to score runs.”

Storms has 13 more strikeouts this season than she did last year, in 27 fewer innings. The sophomore from California credits that to her partner in crime.

“It makes it really tough (on other teams),” said Storms. “That’s why I love having Mary. Last year I think everybody caught up to me, eventually and knowing what I was going to throw. Having Mary is just a totally different look and just knowing that I don’t have to throw every inning and she doesn’t have to throw every inning. It’s amazing to have a staff and I just, I couldn’t have done it without her.”

The Razorbacks and Blue Demons square off at 4pm at Bogle Park on the SEC Network.

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