Delce Tosses Shutout, No. 6 Arkansas Captures Series

Arkansas Razorbacks shortstop Braxton Burnside (25) throws for an out during the NCAA Softball Fayetteville Super Regional game between Arkansas and Arizona. (Alan Jamison)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A four-hit shutout by Chenise Delce paired with 11 hits by the Razorback offense powered No. 6 Arkansas past No. 12 Kentucky, 8-0, in six innings to earn the Razorbacks’ sixth-straight conference series victory and fifth of the season.  

Arkansas improves to 32-8 overall and 11-4 in conference play. The Razorbacks are the only SEC team that hasn’t dropped a series this season. Arkansas combined for 11 hits and four home runs against the Wildcats, who held the SEC’s lowest ERA coming into the series.  

Senior KB Sides had a career day at the dish, extinguishing a career-high two home runs while drawing a walk. Senior Danielle Gibson tied her season-high in hits with three and recorded an RBI. Graduate Taylor Ellsworth and junior Audrie LaValley tallied a hit and RBI apiece. Senior Hannah McEwen and freshman Kacie Hoffmann also pounded base knocks.  

Junior RHP pitcher Chenise Delce (11-2, 2.29 ERA) tossed her second complete game of the weekend, spinning a four-hit shutout while fanning five. In the last 24.2 innings against ranked opponents, the Oklahoma City, Okla., native has given up just one run while dealing 30 strikeouts. In Sunday’s rubber match, Delce limited Kentucky to zero extra base hits. 

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