Late Arkansas rally sinks Texas softball into super regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KXAN) – Arkansas, the national No. 4 seed, poured it late to outlast Texas 7-1 in the first game of an NCAA softball super regional Thursday at Bogle Park.

The Razorbacks finally got to Texas starting pitcher Hailey Dolcini in the fifth inning with two hits and one error to set up three runs, but the home team had more offense with four runs in the sixth to put the game out. The game was goalless until the fifth.

Arkansas had 12 hits and had 11 runners on base. Texas had six hits and had eight runners on base.

Lauren Burke scored the only run for Texas when she touched home after a grounder chosen by Mia Scott that forced out Janae Jefferson at second base in the seventh inning.

Jefferson and Burke each had two hits for the Longhorns. For Arkansas, Hannah Gammill and Hannah McEwen each had three hits, and Gammill drove in two runs.

Chenise Delce got the win in the circle for the Razorbacks with a complete game performance. He had six hits and allowed one earned run with six strikeouts and one walk to boost his record to 19-2.

Dolcini went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

The best-of-3 series continues on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 pm Arkansas (48-9) needs one more win to advance to the Women’s College World Series. Texas (41-18-1) needs to win on both Friday and Saturday to move on.

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