Suns remain in Top 5
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (32-3, 22-2 Great American Conference) remain in the top five of this week’s NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll, as the Golden Suns check in at No. 5 in the weekly poll, announced Wednesday. The poll reflects games played through Sunday, March 27, and the Golden Suns remain the lone GAC team ranked in the poll. Arkansas Tech swept a non-conference doubleheader at Pittsburg State, who received votes in this week’s poll, before taking three of four games from Southeastern Oklahoma at home this past weekend. The Golden Suns’ sweep of Harding is not reflected in this week’s poll.
Oklahoma snaps Little Rock’s win string
LITTLE ROCK — With a six-game winning streak entering the evening, Little Rock (12-12) saw its streak snapped as Oklahoma (12-13-1) took a 5-2 win over the Trojans on Tuesday night at Gary Hogan Field. The nation’s leading hitter and reigning Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week, Ryan Scott, did plenty as he went 3 for 4 with a walk. Scott came into the game hitting .489, but his performance put him back up to .500 for the year. Dalton Thomas saw his hitting streak jump to 20 games as he went 1 for 4 with a run and a walk. Besides Scott, second baseman Hayden Martin was the only other Trojan to have multiple hits for the night as he went 2 for 4. Despite outhitting Oklahoma 10-7 and committing two fewer errors, Little Rock could only muster two runs. This was due in part to leaving 11 runners on base, tied for the second-most this season.
A-State tops Memphis
MEMPHIS — Matt Burgess drove in three runs and Ty White reached base five times as Bo Ritter tossed five innings of one-run baseball as the Arkansas State baseball team topped Memphis 11-5 Tuesday night at FedEx Park. Burgess went 2-for-4 at the plate with a team-high three RBIs, including two on a monster home run in the top of the ninth that set the final score at 11-5. White was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored, and a walk to help the Red Wolves (12-12) offense. Ritter allowed one run (earned) on two hits with no strikeouts, but only one walk as the Hot Springs native picked up his first win of the season. Memphis (9-15) used six pitchers on the night with Jonathan Bowlan taking the loss. Bowlan allowed three unearned runs on three hits, but walked four. A-State got to reliever Drew Crosby who allowed five runs (all earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Zach Schritenthal led the Tigers at the plate with three hits.
UCA outlasts Golden Lions
CONWAY — A mid-week non-conference game turned into a marathon Tuesday night with the University of Central Arkansas Bears outlasting the UAPB Golden Lions 4-3 in 11 innings at Bear Stadium. UCA freshman first baseman Hunter Strong finally ended it with an RBI single up the middle that brought home left fielder Michael Haun, who led off the 11th inning by getting hit by a pitch for the third time in the game. Haun went to second on Brandon Montalvo’s sacrifice bunt and to third on William Hancock’s fly ball to center field. Strong, from Sheridan, hit the first pitch he saw from UAPB reliever Ciji Ramos past the pitcher into center field to easily score Haun with the game-winning run. UAPB (6-17) used 11 pitchers and played 25 total players in the game. UCA (12-11), on the other hand, used just four pitchers and two pinch-hitters, including Strong in the seventh inning. UCA closer Jacob Murray (1-2) pitched the final three innings to earn the victory, while Ramos (0-3) took the loss. The Bears stranded 13 runners, including the bases loaded in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. Hancock went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored for UCA, while Montalvo finished 2 for 4 with a run scored.
OBU edges Hendrix
CONWAY — Hendrix College lost 3-1 to NCAA Division II in-state foe Ouachita Baptist University at Warrior Field Tuesday night. The visiting Tigers (8-21) used 10 different pitchers to limit the Warriors (15-12) to seven hits. OBU picked up 12 hits against four Hendrix hurlers. The Warriors defense kept them in the game with two big double plays and three spectacular catches by center fielder JR McAuley and one in left by Wyatt Hogan. Cannon Schrank made his 50th career appearance and tied his career-high in innings and strikeouts. Drew Judson went 3-for-4 and stole his sixth base of the year. Freshman right fielder Marshall Nichol had a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He also swiped a base. The Tigers pitchers struck out nine batters with Lance Cullum fanning three in the seventh. Victor Draijer went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, a run scored and RBI. Austin White recorded two hits, as did third baseman J.D. Speed. Drew Feuerbacher finished with two hits, including the home run and two RBI.
Tech splits doubleheader with Lyon College
BATESVILLE – Arkansas Tech (14-19) split with Lyon College (19-15) in a midweek non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon dropping the first game of the series 4-3 before bouncing back in the second game 6-1. In the first game, Connor Brady went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Michael Post went 2-for-4. Lane Norwood pitched five innings, giving up one earned run with a walk and struck out five in relief. In his first start of the season, Jake Loose pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in the nightcap. Davis Wilson went 2-for-3 from the plate with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Love went 1-of-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Connor Brady went 2-for-3 from the plate.