College Softball No. 8 Kentucky Rally No. 7 overtakes Arkansas

Fayetteville – Kentucky Arkansas took advantage of the miscellaneous to accelerate and win the top 10 teams 10-7.

The No. 8 Wildcats eliminated a 7-1 loss to six in the fourth inning, then took the lead with two home runs at No. 7, breaking the No. 7 Raceback’s nine-game winning streak.

Erin Kofel’s second home run, a solo shot in the seventh, tied Arkansas reliever Jenna Bloom 7-7 (7-1). Later in the inning Miranda Stoddard gave the Wildcats (29-10, 9-5 SEC) a small cushion with a two-run shot.

Kofel drove for 5 for 4 with 2 home runs. Her game-tying three-run shot was a big blow to the top of the fourth.

Arkansas (31-8, 10-4) seemed to be in control with a 7-1 lead after three innings, but the floodgates seemed to open after a shortstop, with Spencer Prigue unable to handle Lauren Johnson’s pop-up for two bases. Error on the outside of someone, no one.

Kentucky then drew four and Kofel’s three runs. Reliever Tatum Spangler (5-0) silenced the Arkansas batsmen the rest of the way. She pitched 4 non-scoring innings, allowed 2 hits, hit 4, and walked 2.

For Arkansas, Hannah Gamm and Linnie Malcolm took 3 for 4 each. The two together have five RBIs.

Prig’s two home runs, her first run as a racer, gave the Razbox a 5-1 lead in the second inning.

At the bottom of the third inning, Gam and Malkin scored back-to-back home runs to extend Razerbak’s lead to 7-1. But that’s what racerbacks can collect.

Arkansas put the runners in first and third place, with no one below fourth, but Spangler escaped trouble. She snagged Taylor Ellsworth’s line drive and then threw first to double Hannah McVeigh. Spanker Daniel Gibson was knocked out and placed third.

The Racerbacks took a lead-off double from Gam in the fifth, but Spockler kept the game tie by knocking out Casey Hoffman and Audrey Lavali with a third runner-up.

Kentucky took the first lead, moving to second on the ground, and third on the wild pitch when Kyla Kovalic took the lead through an infield single. With the first run of the game, Kovalik drove Kofel’s single up to the middle.

But Arkansas responded with three runs in the middle of the inning. Gamil’s double equalized RBI’s double. Malkin ran in two when Kentucky right fielder Riley Smith was unable to catch a diving near the line.

Arkansas won the first game of the series 2-1 on Friday night. The rubber game of the series is at 11 a.m. today.


Central Arkansas 10, Eastern Kentucky 6

The Bears blamed the Colonels for smoothing out the weekend sweep in Richmond.

UCA (25-15, 10-5 ASUN Conference) took a 1-0 lead after one inning, scoring three runs off four hits in the second, with two runs scored by Joyle Engelkes. Later in the day, 5-2 after Morgan Nelson scored a home run, Jenna Wildman opened the game and added RBI singles.

Wildman finished 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 words, while Tremaire Harris went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.

Since then, Eastern Kentucky (7-31, 3-12) have never been closer than three.

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