UAM begins classic with pair of wins

BENTONVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Monticello began the 8-State Classic in Bentonville with a pair of wins on Friday, defeating William Jewell 8-0 in six innings before posting an 8-2 victory over Nebraska-Kearney in the afternoon.

The UAM offense erupted for double-digit hits in each win, tallying 11 hits against WJC and 12 hits against UNK, while starters Katie Slaughter and Courtney Wilson gave up six hits combined in both games.

In the win over William Jewell (0-2), UAM jumped out early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a solo homerun by sophomore Kali Piha and later an RBI single by junior Lacy Blanchard.

Slaughter (2-1) went the distance for the Blossoms to pick up the two-hit shutout. Rachel Hayden (0-1) took the loss for WJC, giving up all eight runs off 11 hits.

Beth Johnson wrapped up her impressive day by going 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBI to highlight UAM’s second win of the day.

The Lopers (1-1) scored their final run of the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Emilee Jonas before UAM capped the scoring with one run on the fifth on an RBI triple from Eitel and three runs in the sixth on a double steal and back-to-back RBI single from Piha and Johnson.

Senior Courtney Wilson (2-1) picked up the win in complete-game fashion, allowing two runs off four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Blossoms are back in action at the 8-State Classic on Saturday against Upper Iowa.

Harding wins first two in tourney

BENTONVILLE — The Harding softball team defeated Rockhurst 11-10 and Southwest Baptist 10-6 in the first day of the Arkansas-Monticello Tournament on Friday. The Lady Bisons improved to 4-1 on the season.

After heading to the bottom of the seventh down a run, 10-9, Harding came back and defeated Rockhurst 11-10.

With bases loaded freshman Mackenzie Jones tied the game on a double that scored freshman Heidi Abston from third. Harding produced the game winning run with the bases loaded when freshman Kimmy Hendricks hit a single that drove in freshman Courtney Derrick.

Sophomore Jessica Greene went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Kinsey Beck had two hits and two RBI.

Freshman Danielle Hubbard (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings and got the win for Harding. She gave up five runs on eight hits. Bridgette Sappington (0-1) got the loss, pitching 3 2/3 innings. She gave up six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.

Harding had 16 hits and Rockhurst had 14 hits. The Lady Bisons had four errors in the game.

Southwest Baptist (0-2) took a two run lead in the top of second on a hit and an error. Harding quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs. The Lady Bisons opened the game up scoring five runs in the third, led by Brookelynn Moon who hit a two-run home run. It was Harding’s first home run of the season.

The Lady Bisons hit two more solo home runs in the game. Mackenzie Jones hit one in the fifth and Kimmy Hendricks hit one in the sixth.

Four Harding players had multiple hits. Courtney Derrick, Hendricks, Jones, and Marley Edwards all had two.

Megan Gipe (1-1) got the win for Harding, pitching five innings giving up five hits and five runs. Kacey Ayers (0-1) got the loss, pitching six innings giving up all of Harding’s 12 hits and 10 runs.

The Lady Bisons will play two more games on Saturday.

Golden Suns pick up two wins at 8-State classic

BENTONVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (3-1) softball team picked up two wins on Friday at the UAM 8-State Classic in Bentonville, Arkansas with a 9-4 victory over Northwest Missouri (0-2) and an 8-0 run-rule win over Drury (0-6).

In game one, the Golden Suns struck first with five runs in the top of the second inning. Ashley Savage went 2-for-5 with an RBI, Ashley Keen went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Chelsea Reeves hit a two-run homer in the top of the second. Tech tacked on four more runs in the top of the sixth to grab the 9-4 win.

Victoria Huie got the start for Tech to earn her second win of the season. She gave up 10 hits and one earned run in six innings of work. She also added two strikeouts. Sydnee Clarke came in the game for relief in the seventh.

Game two saw much of the same offensive productivity from the Golden Suns. Tech racked up 12 hits while holding Drury to just one.

Whitney Robinson and Savage both went 2-for-3 with a double. Siarra Gomez took one deep and added a double to drive in two runs in her three plate appearances while Shanna Davidson went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs and Ashton Long went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Gomez and Davidson’s homers came off back-to-back plate appearances in the fifth inning.

Jalissa Gum got the start on the mound in second game. She threw all five innings and only gave up one hit in the shutout.

The Golden Suns return to action on Saturday to face Central Missouri and Minnesota State as they finish up the UAM 8-State Classic.