Arkansas earns spot in USA Today/NFCA poll for first time in program history
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas entered the USA Today/NFCA poll for the first time in program history on Tuesday, earning a spot at No. 25.
The Razorbacks have entered this week’s poll after a sweep of Auburn last weekend in which the Hogs outscored the Tigers 19-7 in three games.
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Leading the way for the Razorbacks was sophomore pitcher Kimmy Beasley. She received the win in games one and three after pitching 12 innings of shutout softball. She recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts in game one and followed with seven in game three. Arkansas had to come back from a four-run deficit in game two and defeated Auburn 8-7 in eight innings. In the game-two win, Devon Wallace walked five times and scored four runs.
In the game-one win, Wallace set the SEC single-season walks record, passing Alabama’s Cassie Reilly-Boccia’s total of 66. Wallace currently has an NCAA-leading 74 walks. The Razorbacks have now won eight of their last nine games and four in a row.
Oklahoma maintained its position as the No. 1 team in the poll for the ninth consecutive week. Five of the top-10 teams in the poll represent the Southeastern Conference. Wisconsin was the only team to drop out of the top 25 this week. The Badgers dropped their weekend series at Michigan State to make room for the Razorbacks.
This week begins postseason play for the Razorbacks as they will take on Missouri on Thursday. The No. 6 seed earned in the SEC tournament is the highest seed received by a Razorback team since 2002.