Former Reed ace pitcher Chelsea Cohen, a 2009 graduate of the local school, pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief to pick up the save. She faced 10 batters, allowing two hits and one walk to help hand the host Bears only their fifth loss of the year.
Cohen, who entered the game with a 14-15 record and a 4.37 ERA, did not allow a run and recorded her second save of the spring.
“It was great,” Cohen said. “We started off strong. They’re a great team. We came out awesome, kind of put them on their heels. I think we gave them a little shock.
“When they brought me in, I was excited. My family is here and I haven’t really got to play in front of them since high school. It couldn’t have been a better opportunity. As soon as I went to college I started working on a “peel” drop, but this past week I switched back to my rollover drop. That’s what I threw the majority of today and then my changeup was on too.”
Arkansas improves to 29-26 overall and will have to lose its next two games to fail to advance to the Super Regional.