Hogs Host LSU in Top 25 Matchup
The Arkansas No. 10 and LSU No. 22 meet for the Razorbacks’ SEC home opener March 26-28. Saturday and Sunday’s matches will air on ESPN2, and Monday’s series finale will be available on SEC Network. In the last game between the two programs (May 1-3, 2021), Arkansas earned a 2-1 series victory at Baton Rouge. The Hogs have won back-to-back series against the Tigers. The first meeting between the two programs was on April 18, 1997, when LSU scored two wins in a double-header in Fayetteville.
Watch: ESPN2 (Saturday and Sunday), SEC Network (Monday)
PxP: Kevin Brown
Analyst: Michele Smith, Amanda Scarborough
Arkansas is coming off the program’s first SEC regular season title (shared with Florida) last season, going 19-5 in conference play. The Razorbacks became the first team not named Florida or Alabama to win the conference regular season title since Tennessee in 2007. On the road against league competition, the Hogs went 11-1, producing the most road wins during conference play by an SEC. team since 2013 when the league adopted the current 24-game schedule. Arkansas posted a 43-11 overall record, recording the best winning percentage (.796) and second most wins in program history. In the NCAA tournament, Arkansas won the No. 6 national need and swept the Fayetteville Regional before hosting the program’s first Super Regional at Bogle Park.
Haff writes his name in history and launches the program’s first perfect game
Senior Mary Haff made her way into the Arkansas softball history book during her time in Fayetteville. On March 11, Haff pitched the program’s first perfect solo game, pitching a seven-inning, 14-strikeout gem to propel the Razorbacks to a 6-0 win over the Terrapins at the JMU Dukes Invitational. On March 4, Haff amassed his 700th career strikeout in a win over Kennesaw State. The Winter Haven, Fla. native is now looking for 800 strikeouts after landing her 739th career K in the Razorbacks’ win over Western Kentucky. Haff won the SEC Pitcher of the Year award last season, going 25-7 with five saves and a 1.55 ERA in 198.1 innings pitched. She struck out 198 and only 39 walked. Haff was named an NFCA First Team All-American, becoming the first pitcher in program history to earn First-Team All-America recognition. USA Softball named Haff one of the top 10 finalists for college player of the year. Haff was terrific in conference play, and among pitchers who pitched at least 80.0 innings, led the league in wins (11), saves (4) and appearances (19) while ranking fourth in ERA (2.01) and strikeouts (79). Against Texas Tech, she pitched her second career no-hitter, striking out six innings for 5.0, and was one error away from a perfect game. Haff threw his first no-no against Northern Colorado in 2018 as a rookie and is the only pitcher in program history with multiple no-hits. The eldest sits atop the program’s career record books with 86 wins and 14 saves. After recording 11 strikeouts against Tennessee on Friday, Haff has now recorded 15 double-digit batting performances — the most in program history.
Gibson, Gammill and Haff earn weekly SEC honors
Danielle Gibson was named SEC Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Tuesday. Gibson’s honor marks the second straight week a Razorback has won SEC weekly honors as Hannah Gammill and Mary Haff were selected as Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 15. The product from Murrieta, Calif., guided Arkansas to its first series victory in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a dominating win over a Western Kentucky team that was receiving votes in multiple national polls. In four games, Gibson cut .667/1.917/.733 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. She scattered eight hits and had 23 total bases. Additionally, Gibson has produced a season-high seven RBIs, which is the most by an individual in SEC play so far this season, and two homers, including a crucial seventh Grand Slam-high, to clinch the series over No. 14 Tennessee. . The home run outing didn’t stop on Saturday as she tattooed a solo hit in Sunday’s series finale. The senior also crushed two-point and three-point jacks against the Hilltoppers on Monday. In an offensive tear, she landed each of her last three shots. Nationally, Gibson’s batting average of .548 paces DI softball. She also ranks second in slugging percentage at a 1.123 clip, fifth in on-base percentage (.605), seventh in home runs per game (.44), seventh in total bases (82), seventh in RBI per game (1 ,36), (10th in homers (11), 11th in hits (40) and 13th in RBI (34).
Sophomore Hannah Gammill and senior Mary Haff were named SEC Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 15. This is the first weekly honor for Gammill and the fourth for Haff. The duo propelled Arkansas to a 3-0 record in Virginia, earning wins over Liberty, Lehigh and Maryland. Gammill manufactured an explosive weekend to help the Razorbacks to a 3-0 record, going 6-for-6 with eight runs, seven RBIs, three homers and a double while playing error-free defense at third. Product Beebe, Ark., slashed 1,000/2,667/1,000 over the weekend. In 25 games, Gammill ranks first in softball DI in hits per throw per game (.52), fourth in slugging percentage (1.032), seventh in home runs per game (.44), eighth in on-base percentage ( .593), 10th in home runs (11), 17th in RBI per game (1.20), 27th in RBI (30), 34th in total bases (64) and 43rd in batting average (.435). Conference-wise, Gammill ranks first in home runs per game, second in home runs, first pitched touchdown per game, second in home runs, second in slugging percentage, third in on-base percentage, fourth in RBI per game, fourth in points per game, sixth in total goals and seventh in batting average and ninth in RBI.
Haff (9-2) pitched the program’s first perfect seven-inning solo game against Maryland on March 11 to secure his 83rd career victory as a Razorback. The reigning SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year hit a season-high 14 batting against the Terrapins, her 14th double-digit batting performance. Haff picked up his first win of the weekend after beating Liberty on Thursday, giving up a run on a hit while stoking four in two innings of work. In wins over Maryland and Liberty, Haff struck out 18 and walked zero. She retired 27 straight before the SEC’s opening series at Tennessee. Haff is tied for second among active NCAA career leaders in saves with 14 and appearances with 156.
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KB Sides makes noise at the start of Razorbacks. In 25 games, Sides had 17 stolen bases. Arkansas’ single-season stolen bases record is 33, set by Dana Gulick in 1999. Additionally, Sides stole a program-record three bases in the Hogs’ win over Western Illinois on February 20. are tied for most by an SEC player in a single game this season. The native of Dora, Ala. hit two home runs at the Razorback Invitational against Illinois, throwing an inside-the-park home run to start the Feb. 18 weekend before sending a solo shot to center in Game 2 of the Arkansas with the Illini on Feb. 20. The teams compiled a dominating performance in the Hogs’ win over Lehigh on March 11, going a career-best 4-for-4 with one home run, one triple and two doubles to complete three RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs. Mark. Sides adds speed to the Razorback and center lineup, where she made several crucial catches in Arkansas’ series win over Tennessee. The teams rank 10th nationally in points per game (1.20).