Arkansas tops LBSU, drops last drink to Washington
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – No. 8 Arkansas split its second double in as many days with a 10-0 win over Long Beach State and a 10-5 loss to No. 7 Washington in the nightcap to go 3-2 at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge .
How it went against Long Beach State
The Razorbacks wasted no time in Game 1 against Long Beach State, going four no-hitters in the first inning and never looking back. The Hogs walked five in the first, including three in a row with the bases loaded. Chenise Delce drove in the other inning with a sacrificial fly to deep center field. Arkansas’ offense came right back in the second to add three more on Hannah Gammill’s three-run homer – the first of the season for the Razorbacks. Hannah McEwen added a two-out, two-run double in the third and rookie Spencer Prigge added an RBI single with his first collegiate hit in the fifth to set the final score.
As the attack rolled, Delce was inside the circle. The transfer from Tulsa went through the first three innings without allowing a hit before finally allowing a pair of singles in the fourth. She earned her first victory as a Razorback after going four scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
How it went against Washington
A night after being shut out 8-0 by the Huskies, the Razorbacks responded Saturday night by battling an early two-point deficit. Texas transfer Taylor Ellsworth hit a hit again, throwing a two-run brace in the corner of left field to tie the game. Danielle Gibson wasted no time putting Arkansas ahead of a batter later with a single through the right side to score Ellsworth. Audrie LaValley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tackle the frame’s fourth inning. The Hogs blocked loaded bases in the fourth and Cally Kildow was sent off at home in the fifth trying to score on an errant pitch. Those missed opportunities became costly in the sixth when Baylee Klingler of Washington hit a grand slam to take the lead, then Kinsey Fiedler homered two runs for a six-run inning.
The Razorbacks had their chances, leaving 11 runners on base overnight. Haff suffered his first loss of the season after allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. Ellsworth and Gibson each drove in two runs and had two hits, with KB Sides adding three walks and stealing two bases.
• The Razorbacks walked a season-high seven in the win over Long Beach State, including five in the first inning.
• Arkansas’ 10 points are the most in a game this season and the win over LBSU was the team’s first win of the year.
• Delce and Turner combined for the second shutout in the Hogs’ first four games.
• Gibson’s two hits against LBSU marked his third two-hit game of the weekend and his RBI single in the sixth against Washington gave him four two-hit games in five in Mexico.
• KB Sides stole their third and fourth of the weekend against Washington, the Razorbacks stole four as a team all last season.
The Razorbacks open Bogle Park for the 2022 season Thursday at 5 p.m. against No. 25 Wichita State before hosting the Razorback Invitational starting Friday afternoon.