Softball Hogs stun No. 2 Vols


FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 25 University of Arkansas softball team knocked off the No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers, 2-1, on Friday at Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

Kimmy Beasley pitched a complete game and gave up one run on four hits for her eighth win of the season. The Foreman native struck out four batters and walked two.

The win for the Razorbacks broke a 19-game winning streak for the No. 2 Volunteers. This was also the ninth win over a ranked opponent for the Hogs this season.

“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “Kimmy Beasley settled down and pitched a great ballgame. Two years ago we came here and got humiliated, I am so proud of how far this program has come in two years.”

Arkansas (31-17, 9-10) was led by Jayme Gee and Jennifer Rambo, who both notched RBIs during the game. Rambo finished the game 2-for-3 after hitting .700 last weekend against No. 17 Kentucky. Sierra Bronkey also had a single in the game to lead off the fifth inning.

“Sierra Bronkey, Jennifer Rambo and Jayme Gee came up huge,” Larabee said. “We kept putting the ball in play and it manufactured runs.”

Devon Wallace finished the game 1 for 3 and drew an intentional walk. Her 65th walk of the season puts her one walk behind the SEC single-season record of 66. Wallace also grabbed a line-drive out of the air in the bottom of the sixth inning to kill a Tennessee rally.

“How about Devon Wallace?” Larabee said. “She had four quality at-bats tonight. She also played an excellent first base, which she has all season.”