Posted: Sunday April 17th 2022
FAYETTEVILLE — Kentucky capitalized on an Arkansas error to turn the tables and rallied for a 10-7 victory in a battle of the top 10 softball teams Saturday night at Bogle Park.
The No. 8 Wildcats erased a 7-1 deficit with a six-run fourth inning. Kentucky took the lead with two homers in the top of the seventh to end the No. 7 Razorbacks’ nine-game winning streak.
Erin Coffel’s second home run of the game, a one-out solo shot in the seventh, broke a 7-7 tie against Arkansas reliever Jenna Bloom (7-1). Miranda Stoddard gave the Wildcats (29-10, 9-5 SEC) a small cushion with a two-run homer later in the inning.
Coffel finished 4 for 4 with 2 homers and had 5 runs. His three-run tying homer was the blow in the top of the fourth.
Arkansas (31-8, 10-4) looked to be in control with a 7-1 lead after three innings, but the floodgates seemed to open after shortstop Spencer Prigge couldn’t handle the Lauren Johnson’s pop-up for a two-base error with one out and nobody on base.
Kentucky followed with four hits and Coffel’s three-run outburst tied the game. Reliever Tatum Spangler (5-0) then silenced the Arkansas Bats the rest of the way. She pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowed 2 hits, struck out 4 and walked 2.
Hannah Gammill and Linnie Malkin each went 3 for 4 with a home run for Arkansas. Both combined for 5 RBI.
Prigge’s two-run homer, his first as a Razorback, gave the Razorbacks a 5-1 lead in the second inning.
Gammill and Malkin hit back-to-back homers late in the third inning to extend the Razorbacks’ lead to 7-1. But that was all the Razorbacks could muster.
Arkansas placed the runners in first and third with no one late in fourth, but Spangler got out of trouble. She caught Tayler Ellsworth’s practice line, then threw first to pass Hannah McEwen. Spangler then pulled Danielle Gibson to leave the runner in third place.
The Razorbacks also got a brace from Gammill in the fifth, but Spangler knocked out Kacie Hoffmann and Audrie LaValley with a runner in the third to tie the game.
Kentucky took the lead in the top of the first as Kayla Kowalik started with a single in the field, moved to second in a field and took third in a wild field. Coffel’s single down the middle led to Kowalik with the first inning of the game.
Arkansas responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Gammill’s two-out RBI double tied the game. Malkin then drove in two when Kentucky right fielder Rylea Smith couldn’t find a diving catch down the line.
Arkansas won the series opener 2-1 on Friday night. The series rubber game is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.