|Updated: 3/30/2012 9:40 pm
||Published: 3/30/2012 9:36 pm
Baton Rouge, La. – The University of Arkansas softball team fell 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh to LSU moving its overall record to 18-14 and 2-10 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers of LSU move to 25-8 and 8-1 in the SEC.
“It comes down to execution,” said head coach Mike Larabee “We had some opportunities during the game that we just didn’t take advantage of.”
Arkansas recorded the first hit of the game in the top of the first when Amanda Geile grabbed a single up the middle.
The Razorbacks escaped a daunting first inning against LSU when the Tigers loaded the bases two different times. After a ball was hit and tipped off of Chloe Oprzedeks glove, Clarisa Navarro grabbed the ball and made an athletic throw to Jayme Gee where she tagged out the runner coming home for the second out of the inning. Cohen recorded her first strikeout of the game with the bases loaded to end the inning, denying LSU a run.
Arkansas displayed some more stellar defense in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back plays fielded by Navarro thrown to Megan Pearson at first for the putouts.
With no outs in the top of the fifth, Arkansas placed runners on first and second after a single to right field from Oprzedek followed by a fielder’s choice decision made by LSU allowing Sierra Bronkey to make it to first base. LSU pitcher Rachele Fico grabbed her seventh and eight strikeouts of the game not allowing the Razorbacks to bring a run home and keeping the game scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth.
Andrea Sullivan grabbed her first hit of the game in the top of the sixth when she sent a ball up the middle. Hope McLemore was brought in to pinch run, but unfortunately Arkansas could not bring her home.
The Razorbacks got out of another close call in the bottom of the sixth after the first batter of the inning for the Tigers hit a triple. Arkansas went on to grab three outs by great defensive plays from Oprzedek, Cohen and Pearson.
The Razorbacks could not place a runner on base in the top of the seventh keeping the game scoreless.
LSU put a runner on first after a walk in the bottom of the seventh. A bunt by its lead-off batter, Andrews, advanced the runner on first to second, while she also made it safely to first. LSU’s designated player Jacie Blades bunted the ball forcing Oprzedek to grab the ball and attempt to throw her out at first. Unfortunately, the ball was over-thrown allowing for Andrews to come home and give the Tigers the 1-0 victory.
Cohen, showed tenacity in the circle throwing 115 pitches while grabbing two strikeouts and collecting three assists.
“I have to praise Chelsea for her performance tonight,” said Larabee. “She went pitch-for-pitch with Fico and gave us a great chance to win the game.”
Arkansas will be back in action tomorrow for the second game of the series at 4 p.m.