Softball Advance

Nate Allen

FAYETTEVILLE – Against the Arizona Wildcats today before a sold-out Bogle Park, the Arkansas Razorbacks today start striving in the best 2 of 3 Super Regional that will send the winner among the Elite Eight competing for the NCAA Women’s Softball national championship at the College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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Game times are 6 p.m. today on ESPNU, 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 and, if necessary, 8 p.m Sunday on ESPN2.

Coach Courtney Deifel’s 43-9, SEC  co-champions are the favored No. 6 national seed in the second Super Regional in their history and the first they’ve ever hosted.

The Razorbacks at the Fayetteville Regional  they hosted defeated Manhattan College, 8-0, South Dakota State, 4-0 and Stanford, 7-3.

Arkansas pitcher Mary Haff, 26-6, 1.44 earned run average,  won two Fayetteville Regional  games starting and the third in long relief compiling 18 shutout innings for the tournament.

Designated player Linnie Malkin led Arkansas’ attack going 4 for 9  for the tournament including a double against Manhattan, home runs against South Dakota State and Stanford and seven RBI for the three games.

Arizona, 39-13 of the Pac 12, won its Tucson Regional defeating the University of Maryland-Baltimore, 7-0 and twice by 12-6 beating Arkansas SEC rival Ole Miss. 

Alyssa Denham, 18-8, and Hanah Bowen, 9-3, are Arizona’s top pitchers.

Catcher Dejah Mulipola, .401 batting average, 19 home runs and 60 RBI, leads Arizona’s attack.

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