FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas No. 4’s historic season ended Saturday afternoon at Bogle Park. Arkansas fell to 18th Texas, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Fayetteville Super Regional.
“While we’re really disappointed, I have to take the time to say how proud I am of this group and the season they’ve had,” head coach Courtney Deifel said. “I’m really, really proud of the seniors for what they’ve done for this program. It will never be the same again.
Arkansas ends the 2022 season with a record 48 wins (48-11).
Senior Danielle Gibson led the Razorback offense, going 2-for-3 on the flat. Senior KB Sides, junior Audrie LaValley and sophomore Hannah Gammill have compiled one hit each.
Junior RHP Chenise Delce (19-3) got the start, spinning five scoreless frames with eight strikeouts. The Oklahoma City, Okla., product went batter-free in six innings of work before Texas recorded three runs in the sixth. Senior RHP Mary Haff entered the circle in the seventh with a runner on first and zero outs. After Texas hit a bunt, the Longhorns lined up on a double play made by Audrie LaValley in second. Haff issued a strikeout to end the top half of the seventh.
There’s no question Arkansas had the best season in program history. The Razorbacks have won back-to-back SEC regular season championships, including the program’s first all-time title, as well as the program’s first SEC Tournament crown.
The Hogs have the most wins in single-season program history, 48, while holding an ultra-impressive 19-5 record in conference play. For the first time in the program’s history, KB Sides was named SEC Player of the Year. Head coach Courtney Deifel became just the second league coach to be named SEC Coach of the Year in consecutive years. Chenise Delce became the second consecutive Hog to be named SEC Pitcher of the Year after Mary Haff won the honor in 2021.
A total of 9,385 people attended three games of the Fayetteville Super Regional, making it the most attended Super Regional and three-game series in program history. Arkansas also earned the program’s first super regional win after beating Texas, 7-1, in Game 1.
Quoting Hannah McEwen
“It’s easy to think about the wins and the hits and everything you’ve done, but when you leave, your hits don’t matter anymore. The wins don’t matter to you personally. It’s something you leave behind Take away all the friendships and family you made while you’re here, and I hope what you’ve done while you’re here is good for people who can stay and build above.
Quoting head coach Courtney Deifel
“I mean, they took a chance on us, and they built this. When you’re out there and you see over 3,000 people doing the ‘Hog Call’, they did it. I know I felt really, really lucky to have been able to train them and lucky that they chose us. They left us in a very good position. I’m really, really proud to be their coach.