Panthers take pair from Warriors

CONWAY — The Hendrix College softball team opened the Warrior Spring Fling with a pair of losses to Greenville College on Friday night. The Warriors (2-4) lost the opener 10-9 in eight innings, then the Panthers (2-0) took game two 10-2 in five innings.

In the opener, Hendrix built a 9-6 lead through five innings. Greenville chipped away at the deficit scoring in the final three innings.

Freshman second baseman Victoria Hughes led the Warriors with three hits and steal with an RBI. Sophomore Kayla Patton went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Junior shortstop Michaela Larabee also drove in two. Shelby Anderson and Amanda Riley each had doubles and DJ Sandidge and Courtney Riley scored twice each.

Patton took the loss in relief, giving up four hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

Greenville outhit Hendrix 18-9.

In the nightcap, the Panthers scored one in the first, one in the second and four each in the third and fourth innings. The Warriors plated two in the bottom of the fourth after two hits and an error.

Larabee, Anderson, Courtney Riley and senior left fielder Catelyn Gibbs each had hits for Hendrix. First baseman Andrea Martin had four hits and third baseman Tiffany Samsoe went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI for the Panthers.

Patton (1-3) took the loss again, giving up 12 hits, seven earned runs and walking three in four innings.

Hendrix faces No. 17 Washington University in St. Louis at 4 p.m. in the final game of the Spring Fling.

Golden Suns split day against East Central

ADA, Okla. — Ashley Keen went 4-for-7 with an RBI and three runs, Whitney Robinson went 3-for-8 with two RBIs, and Shanna Davidson hit a two-run homer as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (6-4, 1-1 GAC) softball team opened Great American Conference play with a 5-4 win in extra innings and an 8-2 loss to the East Central Tigers (12-7, 4-2 GAC) on Friday in Ada, Okla.

Down 4-1 in the seventh during the first game, Robinson hit a double to left field to drive in two runs and close the gap to 4-3. After back-to-back outs, Robinson scored on an error from the Tigers infield to tie the game at 4-4. Victoria Huie sat the next three batters down in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

Ashton Long singled through the right side to send Keen home for a 5-4 Tech lead in the ninth. The Golden Suns held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to end the game with a 5-4 victory.

Robinson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, while Gomez went 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks and Keen went 2-for-5 with a home run.

Huie went the full nine innings on the mound for the Golden Suns. She gave up four earned runs on nine hits while tossing six strikeouts. She improves to 4-0 this season. Brianna Nunley suffered the loss for East Central.

In game two, East Central used a huge sixth inning to add five runs and earn the 8-2 win.

Huie and Keen combined for four of the Golden Suns seven hits in game two. Davidson, Robinson, and Chelsea Reeves had the other three.

Sydnee Clark got the loss for Tech after pitching the full six innings. She gave up four earned runs on nine hits as she fell to 1-2 on the season.

Tech will return to action today to face East Central in another double header at 11 a.m.