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Arkansas softball beats Oregon, will host Super Regional

Published: May. 22, 2022 at 9:59 PM CDT
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For the second-straight year, No. 4 Arkansas will be hosting a Super Regional at Bogle Park.

The Razorbacks defeated No. 24 Oregon, 9-3, in the regional championship at Bogle Park Sunday afternoon to advance to the program’s third Super Regional. Arkansas will host the winner of No. 11 Washington and No. 18 Texas.

The record-breaking Hogs (47-9) also crushed the program’s single season wins record Sunday after tallying their 47th of the year. With four home runs against the Ducks, Arkansas increased its home run count to 109, which is tied for the second-most in SEC history.

Arkansas utilized an explosive six-run sixth to break up a 3-3 ballgame. Sophomore Cally Kildow took home on a wild pitch to regain a 4-3 Hog lead. Sophomore Rylin Hedgecock was clutch down the stretch after entering as a pinch hitter with bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. The Valdosta, Ga., product delivered a three-RBI double to right center to extend the lead to 7-3. Following in Hedgecock’s footsteps, senior KB Sides casted a two-run home run to bolster a 9-3 edge.

Senior RHP Mary Haff (20-4) went the distance, spinning her third-consecutive complete game and eighth of the season en voyage to her 97th career victory. In dominating fashion, Haff seized only one earned run on six hits while dealing six strikeouts. The Winter Haven, Fla., native dialed six scoreless frames while retiring the first seven batters to begin the game.

Senior Linnie Malkin was a force yet again at the dish, bashing her second home run in as many days and scattering a single through the 5-6 hole. Hedgecock led the Razorbacks with three RBIs. Linnie Malkin, Kacie Hoffmann, Danielle Gibson and KB Sides combined for the Hogs’ four homers.

Hog Highlights

  • Arkansas set a new program single season record in wins (47)
  • The Hogs increased their home run count to 109 on the season, which is tied for the second-most in SEC history
  • Four different Razorbacks homered: Malkin, Hoffmann, Gibson and Sides
  • Malkin and Hoffmann launched back-to-back home runs in their second-consecutive game
  • Haff registered her 97th career win
  • Haff threw her eighth complete game of the season

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Arkansas faces the winner No. 18 Texas in Super Regionals at Bogle Park next weekend. Game one will take place Thursday at 6:00 PM and will be televised on ESPN2. Game two will follow Friday at 3:00 PM on ESPN.

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