STHS alum homers against 12th-rated Vols
Tribune and Internet reports
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas senior outfielder Melissa Johnson picked the right moment for her first home run of the season.
Johnson, a South Tahoe High alum, homered in the fourth inning to give the Razorbacks a 5-3 lead in a Southeastern Conference softball game her team went on to win 6-3 on Saturday.
The victory halted the 12th-ranked Volunteers’ 16-game winning streak and ended Arkansas’ eight-game slide.
“This feels really good to win an SEC game and beating the No. 12 team in the country is the icing on the cake. The players really believed today,” said Arkansas coach Carie Dever-Boaz.
Johnson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Her home run, according to dad Jan Johnson – who attended the game – travelled 250 feet.
“Melissa had a hot bat today, when the bottom of the lineup is strong it helps the whole order,” Dever-Boaz said.
Tennessee won the first game 7-3 and quieted Arkansas’ bats on Sunday, winning 6-0.
The ‘Backs tacked on an insurance run in sixth, courtesy of two Tennessee errors. Johnson reached on an error to lead off the inning, advancing to third base on Mindy O’Malley and Rachel LeMaster sacrifice bunts before scoring on an error on the Easley grounder.
Arkansas (13-25 overall, 2-16 in the SEC) entertains fifth-ranked Louisiana State in a doubleheader today.