Johnson adds to memories
Tribune and Arkansas reports
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former South Tahoe High softball star Melissa Johnson’s collegiate career is winding down, but her memories aren’t.
Johnson, a senior left fielder for the University of Arkansas, smacked a three-run homer in a 5-1 victory over Kentucky on Sunday, a day after knocking in the only run in an eighth-inning victory over the Wildcats.
The victory on Sunday gave the Lady Razorbacks (18-36, 6-24) their first Southeastern Conference series victory in their final conference game.
“MJ, Shana (Easley) and Heather (Schlichtman) all hit the ball extremely well and got our offense off to a great start,” said Kentucky coach Carie Dever-Boaz. “It feels nice to have this team win the last series of SEC play this season.”
Johnson’s homer to left-center field, her second of the season, put the Razorbacks ahead 4-1 in the fourth inning.
Schlichtman did the rest, taking a perfect game into the fifth and not allowing a hit until the sixth.
In the seventh, Johnson made a diving catch in the outfield to help preserve the victory. Schlichtman wound up with 11 strikeouts.
On Saturday, the first seven innings were uneventful as neither team scored and they combined for four hits, all by the Wildcats.
However, in the eighth inning, the Razorbacks’ bats woke up. Kallie Foglesong led off with a single through the right side. After a failed sacrificed bunt, Kristen Patton hit the ball hard through the right side but the right fielder threw her out at first base for the second out. With Foglesong on second base, Johnson delivered the eventual game-winning hit with a single up the middle.
Johnson will conclude her career following a doubleheader at Wichita State on Thursday and a twinbill at home against Northwestern State on May 9.