Burner and Reed lead the way against Arkansas

The St. John’s softball team came away with a 2-2 split this weekend at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville. Although they lost twice to the host Razorbacks, the Red Storm defeated UMKC and Jackson State to improve to 4-5.

The team’s hitting was led by, once again, senior 1B Jackie Reed and junior catcher Erin Burner. They put up 11 runs in the blowout victory against UMKC and four in a close win against Jackson State.

Burner went six for 13 at the plate, five of those hits going for extra bases including a pair of home runs. She is now hitting .345 with a 1.195 OPS in 29 at-bats on the seasons. Her performance landed her a second straight appearance on the weekly Big East Honor Roll.

Reed continued her hot hitting as well. After hitting two home runs last week at FAU, she hit another and went three for eight this weekend while also collecting five RBI and three walks. She leads the team in hitting with a .391 batting average.

On the pitching side, freshman Grace Kramer also earned a spot on the Big East Honor Roll. She picked up the save against Jackson State. She allowed just two earned runs in 6.1 innings over the weekend and struck out nine.

The Red Storm have this week off and will return to action in Athens, GA for the Bulldog Invitational. They face off against UAB, host Georgia, and Western Carolina for five total games on the first weekend of March.