FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 6 Arkansas hosts Central Arkansas on Tuesday for the second of two meetings of the 2022 season. The Razorbacks won the season opener, 6-4, on April 5 at Conway.
Tuesday’s contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. on SEC Network+.
The Bears and Hogs will meet for the fourth time in history. The first two meetings were in the 2021 season, with Arkansas winning both games, 4-1 and 7-6. The two programs met again on April 5, 2022 in Conway with Arkansas picking up a 6-4 win — the Razorbacks combined for seven hits, including two homers. Audrie LaValley was productive at the plate with two hits, including her second homer of the season. KB Sides also energized the Arkansas offense with two hits and a stolen base. Linnie Malkin catapulted a grand slam into the first frame. Hannah Gammill and Hannah McEwen also scored hits. RHP Callie Turner was effective in the circle to earn her first victory of the season. In five innings, the Land O’Lakes, Fla. product had three strikeouts while giving up an earned run on six hits.
LAST TIME OUT
The Razorbacks are coming off a 3-0 series sweep over No. 9 Florida in Gainesville, earning the Gators the first three-game sweep in program history. Several Hogs had productive weekends, including junior RHP Chenise Delce, who had two wins and one stoppage in three appearances. In Sunday’s 2-0 victory, Delce had a two-hit shutout and pitched his ninth full game of the season and second of the weekend. Dominantly, Delce limited Florida to just one earned run in three appearances while allowing no extra hits. Throughout the weekend, Delce posted a .47 ERA with 19 strikeouts while limiting the Gators to a .137 batting average. Senior Mary Haff also compiled a solid performance in Game 2 against Florida to earn her 13th win of the season and 90th of her career. The reigning SEC pitcher of the year pitched five innings and limited Florida to just three earned runs on five hits while striking out one. Senior KB Sides powered the Hogs with a .583 on-base percentage along with a .800 slugging percentage and .500 batting average over the weekend. The teams set a new doubles career high with three in Game 2. A dynamic athlete early on, Sides recorded five hits, five runs, three doubles, two RBIs and two stolen bases against the Gators. Senior Danielle Gibson powered the Hogs with a team-high five RBIs over three games, along with two hits, including a solo home run in the series finale and a three-run brace in the series finale. the series opener Friday night. Cally Kildow made two short appearances over the weekend and hit a .500 four-at-bat clip with two singles and four runs scored.
Arkansas is climbing to the program’s single-season home run record (95), which was set in 2021. So far, 82 home runs have been hit by the Hogs. Five different Razorbacks have totaled at least 10 homers so far in 2022: Hannah Gammill (16), Danielle Gibson (15), Linnie Malkin (14), Taylor Ellsworth (12) and KB Sides (10).
The Bears bring Bogle a 28-16 record with wins over three Power 5 opponents, including Mississippi State (5-3), No. 21 LSU (3-2) and Georgia Tech (7-4). Arkansas center is led offensively by Jenna Wildeman, who has a .407 batting average with 59 hits, 45 runs and 35 stolen bases. Jordan Johnson (10-10, 2.39 ERA) and Kayla Beaver (16-6, 2.42) are the top two in the circle, throwing a combined 261.2 innings for the Bears.
Arkansas hosts South Carolina for a three-game series at Bogle Park from April 29-May 1. All three games will be available on SEC Network+. The Hogs’ senior day will take place on Sunday, May 1 with a first pitch at 10:30 a.m. A Seniors Day ceremony on the pitch will take place at the end of the game.