FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will see a familiar face on day one of the Stillwater Regional, facing Tulsa to open up the regional on Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
Arkansas (38-18) holds an advantage over Tulsa (35-18) in multiple offensive categories including batting average, hits, runs and home runs.
The Razorbacks are anchored by sophomore Hannah McEwen, who batting in the leadoff spot has reached base in all but six games this season and tops the team with 72 hits.
Tulsa’s lineup is highlighted by Julia Hollingsworth, a 5-7 senior outfielder who has recorded a .420 average through 49 games for Tulsa. Besides Hollingsworth, only one other is batting .300 or higher.
In the circle, Tulsa looks to Chenise Delce. Delce has a team-leading 20 starts and a 1.60 ERA, giving up 94 hits in 126.2 innings pitched. The Golden Hurricane enters the weekend with a 2.73 team ERA.
Arkansas’ junior right-hand pitcher Autumn Storms’ 1.04 walks per seven innings is second-best in a single season by a Razorback, she’s behind only Tammy Kincaid (0.97, 1999 with 244.1 IP). Storms is part of a Razorback pitching staff that has compiled a 1.99 ERA as a team.
The Razorbacks are familiar with the Golden Hurricane after facing them earlier this season at Bogle Park and falling to Tulsa, 2-1 in a pitchers’ duel.
Tulsa took the lead in the fifth inning off back-to-back base hits from Alexis Perry and Rylie Spell, with Spell’s double bringing in Perry for the winning run.
Arkansas had the winning run on base in the seventh but left two Hogs stranded at the end of the game. Arkansas faced Delce and Kassidy Scott in the circle and recorded four hits (two from Diaz) in the loss.