KNOXVILLE, TN – Freshman Kacie Hoffmann’s first SEC at-bat resulted in a three-pointer to secure a 4-3 road win for No. 10 Arkansas (18-4, 1 -0) over No. 14 Tennessee (19 -7, 2-1) Friday night to start SEC play. The win also marks the Hogs’ 10th straight win.
Senior ace Mary Haff (7-2) went the distance, batting 11 out over seven innings to electrify the Razorback defense. Haff held Tennessee scoreless in all but one inning and amassed several strikeouts with runners in the scoring position, including a base-loaded jam in the sixth. The Winter Haven, Fla. product has now hit 15 double-figure batting performances — the most in program history.
Senior Danielle Gibson powered the Hog offence, stringing together a team-high two hits. Sophomore Hannah Gammill continued her offensive explosion, reaching base three times on a single and being hit twice by pitches. Hoffmann tied his RBI career high with three on his fourth home run of the year. KB Sides, Taylor Ellsworth and Sam Torres have strewn one hit each.
How did it happen
With both teams scoreless in the second period, Tennessee took a 3-0 lead on a three-point shot in the third.
Arkansas started chipping away in the fifth on a crucial two-out RBI single from Ellsworth down the middle, leading Sides from the third.
After operating a goalless bottom fifth by the Volunteers, Gammill reached first after being injured by a pitch for the second time. Next, Torres chose a right-hand single to position the runners at first and second. Hoffmann stepped in to pinch strike, slamming a three-pointer down the left to give the Hogs their first lead of the night.
Haff worked on a bases-laden block in the bottom frame to amass his 10th strikeout.
Arkansas threatened again in the top of the seventh after Ellsworth walked and Gibson singled left, but Tennessee fought back to hold off the Hogs.
With Tennessee putting a runner with one out due to an error, Arkansas forced a pitch and raced to center for a series-opening win.
- Arkansas recorded their 10th straight win
- Hoffman tied his career high in RBIs with three
- The Razorbacks earned their first win over Tennessee since March 23, 2019
- Senior Mary Haff has 15 double-digit batting performances – the most in program history
- Haff recorded his second double-digit batting performance of the season
- Three pinch hitters have homered for the Razorbacks this season
Game 2 between the Razorbacks and the Volunteers is Saturday at noon. All of this weekend’s games are available on SEC Network+.