Johnson delivers winning hit for Arkansas
Tribune and Arkansas reports
OXFORD, Miss. – Melissa Johnson’s two-out single in the ninth inning drove home the only run as Arkansas gained a doubleheader softball split against Mississippi on April 14.
The senior from South Lake Tahoe tried to end the scoreless game in regulation. She singled to center field with one out in the seventh inning with the game scoreless. Ashley Carter followed with a grounder to second base, setting up the double play, which Ole Miss turned to end the inning.
Arkansas finally broke the string of scoreboard zeroes in the ninth inning as Rachel LeMaster singled to begin the inning. Kristen Patton struck out swinging as LeMaster stole second base. Shana Easley than grounded out to the pitcher, advancing LeMaster to third base with two outs. Johnson then came through with a clutch hit up the middle for the eventual game-winning run.
“Melissa came through when we needed her to with the game winning hit,” said Arkansas coach Carie Dever-Boaz.
Mississippi won the opener 2-0.
Johnson was 2 for 4 in game two and 0 for 3 in the opener. She was 1 for 5 a day earlier in a 5-4 11-inning loss to Mississippi.
On Sunday, Johnson led Arkansas with two hits in a 4-2 victory over Mississippi State in Fayetteville, Ark. Kallie Foglesong’s two-run home run in the fourth inning helped the Razorbacks avoid a three-game sweep.
Johnson was 0 for 4 in a doubleheader loss to Mississippi State on Saturday as Arkansas collected five total hits.
The Razorbacks are 16-33, including 4-23 in the SEC, going into a doublheader with Kansas on Wednesday.