Delce Tosses Shutout, No. 6 Arkansas Captures Series
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A four-hit shutout by Chenise Delce paired with 11 hits from the Razorback offense propelled Arkansas’ No. 6 past Kentucky’s No. 12, 8-0, in six innings for the sixth straight win of the Razorbacks in the Conference Series and the fifth of the season.
Arkansas improves to 32-8 overall and 11-4 in conference. The Razorbacks are the only SEC team that hasn’t dropped a streak this season. Arkansas combined for 11 hits and four homers against the Wildcats, who held the lowest ERA in the SEC entering the series.
Senior KB Sides had a career flat day, putting out two career-high homers while drawing a walk. Senior Danielle Gibson tied her season high in hits with three and recorded an RBI. Graduate Taylor Ellsworth and junior Audrie LaValley each had one hit and one RBI. Senior Hannah McEwen and rookie Kacie Hoffmann also hammered base hits.
RHP junior pitcher Chenise Delce (11-2, 2.29 ERA) pitched her second full game of the weekend, going four shutouts while stoking five. Over the past 24.2 innings against ranked opponents, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native has allowed just one run while batting 30 strikeouts. In Sunday’s rubber game, Delce limited Kentucky to zero extra hits.
How did it happen
Arkansas struck first on Ellsworth’s solo tank in the first.
LaValley’s RBI single at center in the second added a second run for the Hogs.
Arkansas took a 5-0 lead on Malkin’s three-point crank on left in the third.
The sides’ first home run of the game, a solo outburst in the fourth, pushed the lead to 6-0.
Another Sides home run in the sixth made the lead 7-0. A few hits later, Gibson had his third hit of the day to send McEwen home and secure Arkansas an 8-0 win in six.
- Arkansas earned their ninth victory against a ranked team this season
- Chenise Delce pitched her seventh full game and second shutout of the season
- Danielle Gibson equaled her season high in success with three
- KB Sides hit a career high twice
- Hannah Gammill hit her 16th home run of the season
- KB Sides increased their number of home runs for the season to 10
- Linnie Malkin lined up his fifth home run of the week
- Arkansas improved their overall record against Kentucky to 35-27
- The Hogs recorded their second straight series win over Kentucky
Arkansas travels to No. 9 Florida for a three-game set April 22-24.