Fayetteville, Ark. –Arkansas’ No. 12 (37-14) blanked Tennessee’s No. 3 (39-7), 2-0, for Monday night’s series win at Bogle Park. It’s the program’s first win in a three-game series against a top-three ranked team.
Arkansas goes 37-14 overall and 13-8 in SEC play. Arkansas is 69-19 at home the past three seasons. With the win, Arkansas also has two top-10 series decisions this season.
The Razorbacks have back-to-back wins over the Lady Vols. Arkansas also earned back-to-back series victories over Tennessee in Fayetteville.
LHP rookie Hannah Camenzind and senior redshirt RHP Chenise Delce combined for the shutout.
Camenzind (4-2) picked up the win after spinning 5.2 scoreless frames and holding Tennessee to five hits while striking out two. Camenzind’s throw was deadly as she forced 11 outs throughout the baseball game.
Receiving a standing ovation, Camenzind handed over the reins to Delce, who was extinguished in her fourth stoppage of the season. Delce pitched the final 1.1 innings and retired all four batters she faced. Delce entered in the top of the sixth with runners in second and third with two outs. Delce retired the last batter to put in another zero for Tennessee.
Delce retired the team in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
Arkansas’ pitching staff was electric all weekend against a dominant Tennessee offense. In 21 innings, the Razorbacks held the Lady Vols to seven runs.
Arkansas combined for two runs on four hits and homered in back-to-back outings. Redshirt junior Rylin Hedgecock was the star of the show, hitting her 20th home run – a two-run hit – to put the Hogs on the board. Hedgecock now holds the absolute SEC lead for homers this season.
It was a scoreless game until the end of the fourth. Freshman Reagan Johnson started the bottom half with a first-in-field single. Sophomore Raigan Kramer reached a defenseman’s pick as Johnson was ejected at second. With one out, Hedgecock smoked a bogle bomb two-pointer to center right for a 2-0 lead.
Reagan Johnson, sophomore Kacie Hoffmann and junior Hannah Gammill scattered one hit apiece. Johnson, the reigning SEC Rookie of the Week, increased his hitting streak to four games.
Bogle Park was the place to be all weekend as Arkansas set a new series attendance record of 9,595.
Arkansas travels to Missouri to wrap up the May 5-7 conference game at Mizzou Softball Stadium. The series opens at 7 p.m. CT Friday on SEC Network+. All three games will be available on SEC Network+.