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Furman falls in doubleheader at No. 18 Arkansas
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 04/15/2019
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Furman's Marissa Guimbarda
Courtesy: Furman Athletics

Fayetteville, Ark. -- No. 18 Arkansas surrendered just an unearned run over 10 innings on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep of Furman softball with 11-0 and 9-1 five-inning victories at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark.

Game 1: Arkansas 11, Furman 0 (5 innings)
Autumn Storms tossed a four-hit shutout and the Arkansas offense totaled 11 runs on 12 hits to down Furman, 11-0, in game one.

The Razorbacks took advantage of four singles, a hit batter, a base on balls and a wild pitch to plate four runs in the bottom of the first inning and extended the lead to 7-0 with RBI base hits from Katie Warrick and Kayla Green in the second inning. Arkansas added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth off of Paladin starter Mackense Greico, highlighted by Keely Edwards three-run double.

Hannah McEwen went 3-for-3 with a double and Ashley Diaz recorded three hits in four trips to the plate to lead the Razorback offense. Lauren Duggar finished 2-for-2 for Furman and Casey Bigham doubled for her third extra base hit of the weekend.

Greico (2-11) suffered the loss for the Paladins after giving up 11 runs on 12 hits while walking four batters over four innings of work.

Storms, who improved to 16-5 in the circle for Arkansas, fanned three batters without issuing a walk over five innings.

Game 2: Arkansas 9, Furman 1 (5 innings)
Right-hander Mary Haff (15-9) tossed a one-hitter and fanned seven Paladins to power Arkansas to a 9-1 victory in the series finale.

After Furman used a leadoff walk, error and passed ball to grab a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Razorbacks plated nine unanswered runs to complete the series sweep with their second mercy rule victory of the day. Arkansas took the lead on a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the first before Haydi Bugarin uncorked a three-run homer to cap a five-run inning.

Warrick batted in runs in the second and fourth innings and pinch hitter Linnie Malkin ended the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to improve the Razorbacks to 31-14 on the season.

Diaz went 3-for-3 in the series finale to finish the doubleheader with six hits, while Warrick and Kayla Green both went 2-for-3 in the finale.

Marissa Guimbarda (0-5) took the loss for Furman allowing nine runs on 12 hits over four and one-third innings in the circle

Furman (10-29) returns to Southern Conference play next weekend when it opens a three-game series at ETSU on Friday.

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