Harding drops two at classic

BENTONVILLE — The Harding softball team fell to Northwest Missouri 13-5 and Pittsburg State 6-2 on Saturday in the second day of the Arkansas-Monticello Tournament. The Lady Bisons fall to 4-3 on the season.

Game One — The Harding softball team couldn’t recover after giving up three runs in the top of the fifth as they fell to Northwest Missouri (1-2) 13-5 in six innings.

Harding pulled within a run in the third as they scored five. With bases loaded, sophomore Jessica Greene singled that drove in freshman Marley Edwards for Harding’s first run. Sophomore Kinsey Beck drove in the Lady Bisons second run and freshman Kimmy Hendricks hit a double that scored Beck and Greene. Harding’s last run came on a passed ball with Hendricks crossing the plate.

Harding had five hits in the game, three coming in the third.

Danielle Hubbard got the loss for Harding, pitching six innings.

Game Two — The Harding softball team took a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the third but Pittsburg State (2-1) hit a two-run homerun to regain the lead and held Harding scoreless the rest of the game as the Lady Bisons fell 6-2.

Jessica Greene and Kinsey Beck got drove in a run Harding. Brookelynn Moon had three hits to lead the Lady Bisons.

Amber Rollins got the loss for Harding in four innings pitched.

Harding will wrap up the tournament on Sunday as they face Oklahoma Panhandle and Drury.

Golden Suns split day two at classic

BENTONVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (4-2) softball team fell 10-4 to the Central Missouri Jennies before defeating Minnesota State-Mankato (2-2) 7-6 in walk-off fashion in Bentonville on Saturday at the UAM 8-State Softball Classic.

Whitney Robinson and Keen both went 2-for-4 at the plate, Siarra Gomez went 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Courtney Colunga finished with a home run and added a walk in game one.

Jalissa Gum, Carlie Caruthers, and Sydnee Clark all pitched two innings a piece for the Golden Suns. Gum gave up one hit and two earned runs with two strikeouts, Caruthers gave up three earned runs on four hits, and Clark allowed five earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

Trailing 6-3 against Minnesota State-Mankato in the bottom of the seventh, the Golden Suns had a two-out rally for the win. A quick strikeout from Robinson followed by a groundout from Savage left Tech with just one out to mount the comeback in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Keen and Gomez singled in back-to-back at bats. Shanna Davidson hit a clutch double to send Keen home and Gomez to third. With two runners on base and down 6-4, Colunga put one over the fence for the walk-off, three-run homer for the Golden Suns 7-6 victory.

Chelsea Reeves went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Keen connected on 2-of-4 plate appearances, and Colunga collected three RBIs on one hit.

Victoria Huie went the full seven innings on the mound for the Golden Suns while giving up 10 hits and three earned runs as she picked up the win.

Tech will return to action on Feb. 22 to face Pittsburg State in a double-header in Pittsburg, Kansas.

UAM’s bats stay firey for win

BENTONVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team recorded its third straight double-digit hit performance with 15 hits in Saturday’s 10-5 win over Upper Iowa at the 8-State Classic in Bentonville.

The Blossoms (5-2) started the scoring early with a two-run homerun from senior Beth Johnson in the bottom of the first, her second round-tripper of the season.

Junior Lacy Blanchard put UAM up 4-0 in the third with a two-run double to plate sophomore Kali Piha and Johnson, who both singled earlier in the inning.

Upper Iowa added its final two runs in the top of the sixth on a solo homerun from Adrienne Olson and later an RBI double from Kruel, her third run driven in of the game.

Junior Katie Slaughter (3-1) earned the win after allowing five runs off 11hits with one strikeout and no walks in the first 5 2/3 innings. Senior Courtney Wilson earned her first save of the season after retiring all four batters she faced to close out the game. Brooke Redmond (0-2) took the loss for UIU after giving up seven runs off 11 hits with one strikeout and five walks in the first five innings.

The Blossoms are back in action at the 8-State Classic on Sunday with match-ups against Fort Hays State followed by a game against Southwest Baptist.