Missouri softball loses footing in series against Arkansas

Missouri softball loses footing in series against Arkansas

Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports Reporter

Missouri Tigers softball looked to continue a successful series against Arkansas in the second matchup of the series, following a win in the first game. However, the Tigers let the seventh inning slip away from them in a 6-5 Razorbacks victory.

Mizzou looked primed for the win the entire matchup but the Razorbacks caught them with their guard down in the seventh.

Arkansas opened the game with a pair of RBI singles in the second inning. Missouri answered with a couple of its own in the bottom half off a home run from Chloe Rathburn, her first of the season.

The Tigers managed to gain the lead in the third inning after Braxton Burnside and Cayla Kessinger posted RBI base hits. Again, Arkansas did not let Missouri build their lead too much as they tallied three more runs, including a home run into left field.

The bullpen was stellar for the next few innings, as the next runs came in the sixth. Natalie Fleming was the hero for the Tigers with a clutch two-out RBI single up the middle.

However, Missouri pitching was not good enough to keep the Razorbacks off their back. Arkansas answered resoundingly to Missouri in the seventh inning, pounding out three runs off of three hits. The key to the Arkansas victory, however, was a two-run RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Missouri will look to regain their footing for a possible overall series victory. The Razorbacks and Tigers will stay in Columbia to finish out the series on April 9.