May 17, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Following their second Atlantic 10 title in the past three years, the Rams get set to kick off NCAA Regional action on Friday, taking on the Razorbacks of Arkansas at 6 PM ET.
Coverage of Friday evening's contest can be found in one of three places. ESPN3 will broadcast the game on the web or you can listen to an audio feed of the contest on WFUVsports.org, where Scott Kwiatkowski will bring you the call from Norman. Also, GameTracker will be available.
The Rams will take part in the Norman, Okla., Regional, featuring a mix of national powerhouses and another team from the New York Metro area. In addition to Arkansas, Oklahoma, the number one team in the nation, will host the Regional. Led by three returning First Team All-Americans from a year ago, the Sooners are the team to beat in the regional. You might recall, however, that taking down the nation's top programs is nothing new to this Rams' squad, having taken down the Alabama Crimson Tide just one year ago.
Also playing in Norman will be the Red Foxes of Marist, the conference champs out of the MAAC.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS: Ranked number 21 in the nation before a loss to Missouri in the SEC Tournament dropped them from the polls, the Razorbacks compiled a 12-10 record in a conference that sent 11 teams to NCAA Regional Play.
Offensively, four Razorbacks are hitting above the .300 mark, led by sophomore Devon Wallace hitting at a .377 clip. Wallace is also the only Arkansas player to register a double digit home run total, having blasted 12 round trippers on the season. The second year player from Double Oak, Texas, also slugs an impressive .772.
Along with Fordham, Arkansas ranks among the top home run hitting teams in the nation. The Rams' 1.2 homers per game place them 18th nationally, while the Razorbacks' 1.12 round trippers per contest are good enough for 22nd in the NCAA.
In the circle, Chelsea Cohen and Kimmy Beasley have each made at least 16 starts for the Razorbacks. Cohen leads the team in wins with a 13-8 record, compiling a 3.26 ERA over that stretch. The sophomore Beasley, although not having registered as many wins as her senior counterpart (10-8), has put up an ERA of only 2.76 in 25 total appearances.
The winner of this game will go on to face the victor of tonight's later game between Oklahoma and Marist. The winners' contest will commence at 2 PM ET tomorrow. Similarly, the loser of Fordham and Arkansas will take on the loser of Oklahoma and Marist, with that game set for 4:30 PM on Saturday.