The Hogs made history this weekend, after two shutouts to start the weekend the Hogs finished off Wichita State 6-4 and won their first regional title. It was capped off by a great play in foul territory to clinch the win.
The MVP of the regional was definitely Mary Haff, who threw 11 2⁄3 scoreless innings. If that’s not impressive enough, she only gave up five hits in the regional and struck out 20 batters. Her strikeout to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning felt like the biggest turning point for the Hogs in the regional final against Wichita State. At the plate the Hogs had multiple players make big hits, including Hannah McEwen’s 2-run home run that gave Arkansas the 5-4 lead in the final.
The crowds were outstanding as well, the games with Arkansas averaged 2,046 fans. The 2,142 to watch the final game was the third largest in program history.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Hogs, in fact, it’s about to get about as difficult as it gets. Their Super Regional opponents will be back-to-back national champions Oklahoma. Who are a casual 52-3 on the year. They outscored opponents 24-0 in their regional and were perfect in conference play. The Sooners haven’t lost since April 19th (to No. 1 Oregon) and the Hogs will have the tough ask of taking two of three against them. Arkansas will certainly be the underdogs in this one, but have already gone further than any Razorback softball team has gone, and will have a chance to pull off a monumental upset.