Golden Suns split with UAM; end 7-game skid

MONTICELLO — Shanna Davidson went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Ashley Keen went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns softball team (8-12, 3-9 Great American Conference) salvaged a doubleheader split with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms (16-11, 10-6 GAC), winning the nightcap 6-1 after falling 9-1 in Saturday’s opener.

After an RBI single by Ashley Savage put Arkansas Tech ahead in the top of the first inning in the opener, it was all Cotton Blossoms, as UAM chased starter Victoria Huie with a four-run first inning, and added a five-run third off reliever Jalissa Gum, taking a commanding 9-1 lead.

All nine of UAM’s runs in the first game came on home runs. Senior Beth Johnson started the derby with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning after freshman McKenzie Rice and sophomore Kali Piha led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Junior Lacy Blanchard capped UAM’s four-run first with a solo shot over the scoreboard in right field.

UAM plated its final five runs off two round-trippers in the third. Junior Sydney Tipton started the rally with a three-run blast down the left field line, followed two batters later by a two-run shot to left by freshman Korie Parker.

Meanwhile, after the Golden Suns put three hits on the board in the first inning, the bats went relatively silent down the stretch as UAM won the opener in five innings.

However, game two would be an entirely different story for the Golden Suns. Sydnee Clark scattered six hits over seven innings of work, fanning four and allowing one run en route to her third win of the season. UAM’s Katie Slaughter matched her pitch-for-pitch until the fourth inning, when Ashley Keen bashed a two-run homer to break the scoreless tie.

Clark set the Cotton Blossoms down in order in the bottom of the frame, and in the top of the fifth, Keen once again went deep, hitting her second two-run blast of the game to push the Tech lead to 4-0.

UAM got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Sydney Tipton, but the Golden Suns added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a solo homer by Davidson and an RBI grounder by Siarra Gomez.

Arkansas Tech returns to action on March 19 (Wednesday) hosting Fort Hays State at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

The Blossoms wrap up their current 10-game home stand this Wednesday against Delta State. The double header is slated to start at 1 p.m. at Blossoms Field.

Harding falls to Southern Arkansas

MAGNOLIA — The Harding softball team fell to Southern Arkansas in Great American Conference action on Saturday, 2-1 and 13-1.

The Lady Bisons fall to 15-14 on the season and 7-9 in the GAC. Southern Arkansas improves to 15-11 and 10-6 in the GAC.

The first game was scoreless through five innings. Harding scored the go ahead run in the top of the six on a Kimmy Hendricks single up the middle.

With runners at second and third with two outs, Maddie Dow singled to right field that drove in both runs to get the Lady Muleriders the win.

Harding had four hits in the game but left six runners on base.

Shelby Miller (6-5) got the win for Southern Arkansas as she threw the complete game. Miller struck out seven and walked one batter. Amber Rollins (8-6) got the loss for Harding. Rollins struck out seven and walked three.

Harding held a brief 1-0 lead at the top of the first in the second game. Southern Arkansas answered back in the bottom of the inning as they scored five on four hits and one error. The Lady Muleriders scored one in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth.

Clayton went 2-for-2 for Harding.

Hanna Gill (5-1) got the win for Southern Arkansas, pitching two innings and gave up three hits. Shelby Miller got her fourth save for the Lady Muleriders, pitching three innings. Danielle Hubbard (6-7) got the loss for Harding.

Harding will be back in action next weekend at home against Arkansas-Monticello.

Hendrix sweeps tripleheader

CONWAY — The Hendrix College softball team won all three games of a triple-header against Centre College at Warrior Field on Saturday. The Warriors (7-7, 5-2 Southern Athletic Association) took the first game from the Colonels (5-8, 4-3) 4-0, then followed with a 5-4 win in eight innings and closed the day with an 11-9 victory.

In game one, sophomore pitcher Kayla Patton threw a six-hit, one-walk complete game shutout with one strikeout. Elysse Petrie allowed 11 hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out two in the loss for Centre.

Hendrix scored one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Patton went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI at the plate. Junior shortstop Michaela Larabee, sophomore third baseman Shelby Anderson and freshman first baseman Sydney Ozersky had two hits each.

In game two, Centre took a 2-0 in the third. Hendrix added one run in the fourth and tied the game in the sixth after Hubbard scored on an error

The Colonels scored two in top of the eighth. The Warriors won the game in the bottom of the eighth with three runs on two hits and an error. Junior right fielder Morgan Fires followed with a base hit up the middle, plating Patton for the winning run.

Patton (5-4) struck out four and gave up 13 hits, two earned runs and two walks for her second win of the day. Petrie (3-4) fanned four and allowed seven hits, one earned run and walked three in 5 1/3 innings of relief for the loss.

Patton broke the school record for most walks drawn with four. Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double and two batted in and Ozersky hit a pair of doubles as well. Fires had two hits and the game-winning RBI.

Game three saw both teams record 14 hits and combine for seven errors — four for Centre.

The Warriors built a 9-1 lead after three innings and the Colonels played catch up the rest of the way.

Senior second baseman Catelyn Gibbs went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to lead Hendrix at the plate. Anderson had two more doubles with two runs scored and two RBI. Patton went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks. Ozersky had two hits and three RBI and Fires drove in two with a base hit. Larabee walked twice and scored three times.

Sophomore Ariel McDonald (1-1) earned the win, fanning three and giving up two earned runs and two walks. Young (2-2) lasted two innings as the starter, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and two walks.

HSU sweeps SWOSU

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State (15-12, 3-1 GAC) completed a four-game sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma as the Lady Reddies won a double-header from the Lady Bulldogs 7-6 and 3-1, Saturday at Dee White Field.

The Lady Reddies have won nine straight home games.

The Lady Reddies had to play catch-up in the opener as Southwestern Oklahoma took a 4-0 lead in the second-inning.

Ashlyn White led off the HSU second-inning with a solo home run to get the offense started. Alicia Zack smashed a RBI double. Tricia Hock singled home Zack to cut the HSU deficit to 4-3.

Henderson erupted for four more runs in the third-inning.

Morgan South drove in the game-tying run with a single before Jaylin Baldridge hit a 3-run homer to give HSU a 7-4 lead.

SWOSU (5-17, 2-10 GAC) fought back scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but Aslhlyn White closed out the game in the circle for Henderson to improve to 3-3 on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs again took the early lead in the series finale as Nikki Brandt hit a solo home run in the first-inning.

Henderson State again put together another big inning scoring three runs in the third-inning to clinch the sweep.

Gipson had a two-run double in third to put Henderson on top 3-1.

Lady Reddie starting pitcher Cagen Medlock cruised the rest of the way as she recorded a complete-game win to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Medlock gave up just five hits and struck out five batters in picking up her fourth straight win in the circle.

South finished the day going 4-for-7 with a double and a run batted in, while Klug was 3-for-5.

Klug finished 4-for-8 for the weekend while Gipson was 5-for-13 with a pair of doubles and 5 RBI.

South, Williams and Hock also had four hits each.

Henderson State will next travel to Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma in a 4-game series beginning Friday.