Arkansas softball sweeps a pair, gets revenge against Wichita State

After losing to Wichita State, 4-1, on Friday night, the No. 14 Arkansas softball team redeemed itself in a big way on Saturday, pitching a perfect game in a 7-0 win over Illinois State, then run-ruling the Shockers, 15-4, in five innings.

The Razorbacks (12-3) also set a new attendance record with crowd of 3,549.

The Razorbacks are now 4-1 on the weekend, as part of the four-day Razorback Invitational at Bogle Park. The Hogs will wrap things up Sunday at 12:15 p.m., facing Texas-Arlington.

Sophomore left-hander Robyn Herron (4-3) was brilliant in the circle against the Redbirds, throwing 86 pitches for her first-career perfect game – sitting down 21 straight batters. She struck out 11 and did not allow a walk, and now has a 1.30 ERA on the season, with a team-high 44 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.

It was the second perfect game in program history, along with former Hog Mary Haff’s 5-0 seven-inning victory, with 14 strikeout game in a win over Maryland in 2022.

Sophomore Lauren Camenzind and junior Raigan Kramer powered the Arkansas offense, each hitting two-run singles, as Arkansas scored all its runs in the first three innings. Junior Bri Ellis cracked her fourth home run of the season on a second-inning solo blast, while senior Rylin Hedgecock continued her stellar work at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Senior right-hander Morgan Leinstock began in the circle for the Razorbacks in the nightcap, going 3.1 innings and allowing just one unearned, while striking out five. Three of the Shockers’ four runs were unearned.

Hannah Camenzind (3-0) came in with two outs in the fourth to finish off the Wichita State lineup, tossing 1.1 innings to earn the win.

Arkansas fell behind 1-0 in the top of the third, but quickly came back to take a 2-1 lead it in the bottom of the inning. Junior Bri Ellis blasted her fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot to left.

Wichita re-took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, which only seemed to wake up the Razorback bats. Arkansas plated 13 runs in the bottom half of the inning to virtually put the game out of reach.

The Hogs batted around on nine hits in the inning, without a homer. The biggest blow came from sophomore Reagan Johnson, who drilled a two-run tripled to left.

Freshman Kennedy Miller, senior Cylie Halvorson and Kramer each had two base hits, as Halvorson knocked in a team-high four runs.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire