LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Following a strong 8-0 win over Samford to open the Cowgirl Classic on Thursday, the Pokes (1-2) struggled to put up runs on day two— dropping games vs. Samford and No. 14 Arkansas.
The Cowgirls opened up play Friday with a rematch vs. the Bulldogs. McNeese got out to a 2-0 lead in the third thanks to a two-run home run by Demi Boudreaux. But after a strong start by Caroline Settle, the Samford lineup got to the Cowgirl pitcher as the Bulldogs put up three runs in the fourth, highlighted by Whitney Hinton and Madison Couch’s RBI doubles.
McNeese would threaten on the base paths a few times in the game, including having the winning run at the plate in the seventh. However, Bourdreaux would ground out as McNeese fell in game one, 4-2.
The Cowgirls would then shift their focus to the nationally ranked Razorbacks. Both pitching staffs were strong out of the chute, taking a shut out into the fourth. The Arkansas bats would wake up in the fourth and fifth as the Hogs would get a solo homer to left by Kati Warrick to open the scoring in the fourth. Hanna McEwen would follow in the fifth as she clubbed a three-run home run to further separate the game.
Arkansas pitcher Mary Haff took a no-hitter into the fifth before Sara Geier broke it up with a double. That proved to be McNeese’s only hit of the game as No. 14 Arkansas downed the Pokes, 6-0.
Cowgirls return to action Saturday with another doubleheader vs. Campbell at 5:30 PM and Lipscomb at 8:00 PM.