Arkansas Softball Wins NCAA Regional Opener


NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 24 University of Arkansas softball team downed the Fordham Rams, 5-1, on Friday in Norman, Okla.

Arkansas (35-18) used nine hits to score five unanswered runs in the game. The Razorbacks will No. 1 Oklahoma — which beat Marist 17-0 — on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“It’s great to get that first win,” Araskans coach Mike Larabee said. “We were anxious to get going, I thought we played a solid game. Our defense was great today and I thought we did a great job of communicating on defense.”

Sophomore pitcher Kimmy Beasley led the way for the Razorbacks. She pitched a complete game and allowed one run on six hits. Beasley also struck out eight.

“Kimmy did a great job,” Larabee said. “In our program we talk about being great in the circle and playing championship defense. We did that tonight and got timely hits. We have been fortunate to have a good pitching staff all year.”

Freshman Stephanie Canfield paced the Razorbacks in the batter’s box. She went 3-for-3 and notched an RBI in the game. Devon Wallace also finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI.

“Stephanie really had a nice day at the plate,” coach Larabee said. “She had three big hits tonight and manufactured some runs. Devon getting on base is really important, she is a catalyst for us. It was nice to see her get to swing the bat.”

Clarisa Navarro finished the game with two RBIs. She went 1-for-2 and walked at the plate. Navarro now leads the team with 37 RBI this season.