No. 12 Arkansas softball leads throughout, stays perfect with win over Ohio

Arkansas softball coach Courtney Deifel claps, Thursday, March 2, 2023, during the Razorbacks’ 4-0 win over Iowa State at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

The No. 12 Arkansas softball team scored all its runs in the first three innings and never trailed en route to a 7-3 victory over Ohio on Friday at the Paradise Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Razorbacks (3-0) led 7-0 through three innings, a margin that stood until a 3-run seventh inning for the Bobcats.

Arkansas right-hander Morgan Leinstock, a graduate transfer from Southern Miss, earned her first victory as a Razorback. Leinstock allowed 4 hits, struck out 7 batters and gave up 1 earned run over 6 2/3 innings.

Auburn transfer first baseman Bri Ellis began the scoring for the Razorbacks when she hit her third double of the season in the first inning. Her hit scored Reagan Johnson, who led off the game with a single, from third base.

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Johnson, a top-10 finalist for national freshman of the year honors in 2023, batted 4-for-4 to lead all hitters and scored 2 runs in the game.

In the next at-bat, Rylin Hedgecock extended the Razorbacks’ lead to 2-0 with an RBI double to score Ellis.

Arkansas pieced together a 4-run second inning to increase the lead to 6-0.

Outfielder Nia Carter singled with the bases loaded to score Raigan Kramer and Lauren Camenzind, who each walked to reach base. Hannah Gammill hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Johnson from third, and after an Ellis walk, Hedgecock hit an RBI single to drive home Carter.

Both Carter (3 RBI) and Hedgecock (2) had multiple run-scoring hits.

The Razorbacks scored their final run in the third inning when Carter singled to score Kramer with the bases loaded.

Ohio (1-1) had just 1 hit entering the final inning, but chased Leinstock after her third hit allowed — an RBI single — brought the Bobcats within 7-3 with 2 outs.

Hannah Camenzind entered the circle and recorded the final out with a ground out to second base.

Arkansas finished with 10 hits, 2 errors and 7 runners stranded.

The Razorbacks are scheduled to face Penn State (8 a.m. Central) and Michigan State (10:15 a.m.) in a doubleheader Friday to complete their stay at the invitational. Both games will be streamed on the subscription service FloSoftball.

Arkansas at the Paradise Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. 

Thursday, 1 p.m. — Arkansas 10, Marshall 3

Thursday, 6 p.m. — Arkansas 8, Florida Atlantic 0 (5 innings)

Friday, 10:30 a.m. — Arkansas 7, Ohio 3

Saturday, 8 a.m. — Penn State (FloSoftball)

Saturday, 10:15 a.m. — Michigan State (FloSoftball)

All times are Central