Arkansas drops third straight game

By: BRANDON DAVIS Special to the NWA Democrat-Gazette
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Arkansas pitcher Mary Haff throws a pitch against SEMO during an NCAA softball game on Friday Feb. 22, 2019 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas pitcher Mary Haff throws a pitch against SEMO during an NCAA softball game on Friday Feb. 22, 2019 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE -- No. 17 Arkansas lost its third straight game, falling 2-1 to Tulsa in a midweek nonconference softball clash at Bogle Park.

After dropping two straight games to Ole Miss last weekend in the Southeastern Conference opening series, the Razorbacks returned home hoping to carry momentum into this weekend's series at home against No. 13 South Carolina.

Tulsa did not get the message and hung an upset loss on the slumping Razorbacks.

Arkansas (19-6) got on the board in the first inning on an RBI single by catcher Taylor Greene in her second appearance as a starter.

Tulsa (14-8) answered in the second inning on a home run by Haley Meinen off Arkansas starter Mary Haff to tie the game at 1-1 and went ahead on Rylie Spell's run-scoring double in the fifth.

Arkansas didn't mount much offense for the third straight game.

The Razorbacks mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but it came up short. A Tulsa error and a Hannah McEwen single that put Arkansas in position to tie the game with Haydi Bugarin on third. But a groundout ended the threat.

"We have some things that we need to work on," said Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel. "We're giving way too many at-bats away and I don't feel our presence from the first pitch to the last."

SHORT HOPS: Arkansas drops to 14-5 in matchups that last the full seven innings. ... Ashley Diaz led the Hogs with two of the team's four hits and scored Arkansas' only run. ... Autumn Storms came on in relief of Haff and pitched two scoreless innings.

ON DECK Arkansas: Will open up home SEC play with a three-game series against No. 13 South Carolina. Game one is Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Tulsa: Will travel to Lawrence, Kan., to compete in the Rock Chalk Challenge. The Golden Hurricane's first game will be against Kansas at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

ON THE WEB: www.arkansasrazorbacks.com

Sports on 03/14/2019

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