No. 6 Arkansas Wins Fayetteville Regional

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Two shut out victories over the weekend helped propel the sixth ranked Arkansas Razorback softball team to the second regional title in program history.

The Hogs defeated Manhattan 8-0 in five innings scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth in game one of the tournament. Linnie Madkin hit 2-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBI’s and a run scored, followed by Hannah McCwen who went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored. Pitcher Mary Haff (24-6) went the distance, striking out 5, allowing only 2 hits, and a walk in her fifth shutout of the year.

Arkansas recorded its second straight shutout by downing South Dakota State 4-0 at Bogle Park on Saturday afternoon. Pitcher Mary Haff had another dominating performance, going 6 innings, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.  Autumn Storms closed the door in the final inning allowing three hits while striking out one. Danielle Gibson went 1-for-2 at the dish scoring twice. Linnie Madkin was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored, while Aly Manzo and Kayla Greene each added a hit and RBI.

The Lady Hogs would complete their three-game regional sweep, knocking off the Stanford Cardinal 7-3 Sunday at Bogle Park and punching their ticket to the NCAA Super Regional Tournament. Arkansas would take an early lead off of Braxton Burnside’s 25th homerun of the year, a 2 run bomb to centerfield. Stanford answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-2 advantage. However, the Razorbacks would not yield, scoring five unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win.

Arkansas will take on Arizona, the winner of the Tucson Regional, at Bogle Park Friday, May 28th, at 7pm in the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional Tournament. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.