Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Gunnar Rathbun)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas softball team will open up its home SEC schedule with No. 22 Georgia this weekend. Game one of the series is Friday at 6 p.m. in Bogle Park.
The first game of the series is also the annual pink game to "Strikeout Breast Cancer". All fans wearing the official pink t-shirt will be admitted into the game for free. You can buy the official shirts at Hog Heaven, located Bud Walton Arena (open 9-6, Monday-Saturday), or at Bogle Park on game day. The first 250 fans at the game will receive a pink can coozie, courtesy of Mercy and Academy Sports and Outdoors. Games two and three of the series will follow in a Saturday doubleheader. Game one of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
"The pink game for breast cancer awareness always brings a great crowd," head coach Mike Larabee said. "It is for a great cause and the team would love to see Razorback fans pack Bogle Park."
Arkansas (22-13) is coming off of a 9-1 win, in five innings, on Wednesday, against UMKC. In the win the Razorbacks blasted four homeruns. Nicole Schroeder and Jayme Gee both went deep and Clarisa Navarro notched two bombs. Navarro finished the game with four RBI and two runs scored. The junior also made an incredible catch, flipping over the third-base fence, to end the top of the fourth inning.
In the circle for the Razorbacks on Wednesday it was a freshman, Kelly Young, that picked up the win. She went four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in the contest. This was Young's fifth win of the season and she remains undefeated in 2013.
"Kelly was really good last night," Larabee said. "She went four innings and didn't walk any batters. That is what we want from our pitchers, to get ahead in counts. She is very good when she gets ahead."
This weekend the Hogs play host to the No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs. The 'Dogs enter Bogle Park with a 26-7 record overall and are unde¬feated in conference play with six wins. The Bulldogs have swept Auburn and Ole Miss to start the SEC season. Georgia leads the SEC with a .367 team average and also leads the league with 260 runs scored. Georgia is led at the plate by freshman Geri Ann Glasco.
She is hitting .448 this season and leads the SEC in total bases with 88. The starting nine batters for Georgia all hit for over a .300 average and the team has four batters hitting.400 or better; Glasco, Christine Olney, Kaylee Puailoa, and Paige Wilson.
In the circle, it has also been Glasco leading the Bulldogs. She has notched a 16-1 record and currently sits at a 2.08 ERA. She was named the SEC Freshman of the Week and the NFCA Division I Player of the Week for her efforts against Ole Miss last weekend. Last season the Razorbacks went 1-2 against the Bulldogs, winning game two of the series, 2-1.
"It is going to be a tough battle," Larabee said. "Georgia is swinging the bat very well. They have two great pitchers and they are a well-coached team. We are going to have to play excellent softball to beat them. We are very capable of doing that."
You can listen to the Georgia series on 88.3 FM in Fayetteville or watch the game on Razorvision. After the Georgia series, Arkansas will host Mississippi Valley State in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.