FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Taking part in another double-header in the Razorback Invitational No. 13 Arizona Softball (9-5) split Friday’s action.
After a rather productive day on the first day of the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas on Thursday, No. 13 Arizona Softball was back in action in Fayetteville looking to continue their momentum.
Taking on Drake and No. 7 Arkansas for a doubleheader on day two of the Razorback Invitational, the Wildcats were going to have quite the challenge on the day!
Turning to freshman pitcher Sydney Somerndike in game one, the star Wildcat threw two innings while surrendering one run on one hit while also striking out two batters.
She would eventually be replaced by Ali Blanchard who threw the final five innings as she surrendered just two runs on six hits while striking out four batters as she ultimately picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Even with surrendering the three runs, the Wildcats’ offense was dominant in this one, plating nine runs on six hits to pace themselves to the dominant, 9-3 win over Drake.
Devyn Netz and Olivia DiNardo led the way offensively, going a combined 3-6 from the dish with five RBIs and a home run each!
Looking to earn the sweep on the day as they took on No. 7 Arkansas, unfortunately, No. 13 Arizona Softball came up short, losing to the Razorbacks.
Hoping to close out the day on a strong note, Arizona turned to Netz in game two as the Wildcats took on the highly-ranked Razorbacks. And from the start, Netz was on fire!
Finding herself in a pitcher’s duel, the junior hurler threw an impressive six innings as she surrendered just two runs on five hits while striking out three.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough though as Arizona came up short in their 2-1 loss to Arkansas.
The Wildcats’ lone run came in the second inning when Carlie Scupin homered to left field to make it 1-0, Arizona. But that lead did not last long as Arkansas scored in the bottom of the second and added another in the sixth inning to make it 2-1.
Where does Arizona Softball go from here?
With the split, Arizona falls to 9-5 on the young season and will return to action tomorrow for another match against Drake! First pitch against the Bulldogs is set for 9:30 A.M. MST.