Blossoms end homestand with wins

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team wrapped up a 10-game home stand by recording a double-header sweep over Delta State on Wednesday, winning the first game 3-2 before posting a 5-4 11-inning victory in game two.

Senior Beth Johnson’s solo homerun to right center in the bottom of the third inning of the first game held on to be the game winner before senior teammate Brittany Eitel ended the second game with a solo shot to left center on thefirst pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning.

In the first game, UAM (18-11) answered Delta State’s two runs in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run, two-out single from senior Hannah Pendley.

In the second half of the twin bill, the Lady Statesmen (13-16) put four on the board in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a three-run shot to right from Kaitlin Moore.

UAM cut the deficit to just one run with three runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double to center from freshman McKenzie Rice. Sophomore TaylorNorris singled in a run earlier in the inning for UAM’s first score.

Sophomore Kali Piha forced a 4-all tie in the fifth on a solo homerun to left center.

Senior Courtney Wilson (10-4) earned the win in the first game after allowing two unearned runs off seven hits with a pair of strikeouts and one walk in her complete-game effort. Junior Katie Slaughter (9-5) tossed all 11 innings in the second game, giving up four runs off 11 hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

The Blossoms are back in action this weekend on the road in four-game GreatAmerican Conference series against Harding. The series starts with a double-header on Friday at 1 p.m. in Searcy.

Golden Suns sweep Fort Hays State

RUSSELLVILLE — Victoria Huie scattered five hits over seven innings, while Ashley Savage smashed a two-run homer in the opening contest, while Savage, Ashley Keen, and Jalissa Gum had two hits apiece in the nightcap as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (10-12) softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep of Fort Hays State (15-9) on Wednesday at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex, winning 3-2 and 8-2.

In the opener, Fort Hays State got on the board first, taking advantage of three hits and an error to score two unearned runs in the top of the first inning. However, that was all the offense that Fort Hays would muster, as the Tigers managed just two more hits down the stretch.

The Golden Suns knotted the game in the bottom of the third on Savage’s two-run shot, and Tech pulled ahead later in the inning on an RBI single by Keen.

Huie improved to 4-5 on the season after the complete-game victory, scattering five hits, walking none, and allowing two unearned runs.

In the nightcap, the Golden Suns hit the scoreboard first on an RBI single by Keen in the bottom of the first. Tech extended its lead to 2-0 in the third inning on another RBI single by Keen, before Fort Hays got on the board in the top of the fifth on a solo homer by Kellsi Olsen.

Tech responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, taking the run back on an RBI single by Chelsea Reaves, and later adding runs on an error and two-run singles by Ashley Savage and Jalissa Gum. Tech added six runs on four hits in the inning to push ahead 8-1.

Fort Hays was able to add a run in the sixth, but would get no closer, as the Golden Suns held on for the win. Sydnee Clark picked up the win, improving to 4-4 on the season after allowing nine hits and two runs over six innings, fanning three. Carlie Caruthers pitched a perfect seventh to help seal the victory.

Arkansas Tech will return to action on Thursday hosting Minnesota –Duluth at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex. First pitch is set for noon.