Archives for February 2010

Moon’s Grand Slam Sends Tech to Victory

Tiphani Moon went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs batted in for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns in a 6-2 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State in day-one action at the Spa City Softball Classic in Hot Springs on Saturday.

Moon (photographed) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie and provided Tech with its final margin of victory.

Morgan Rodgers (5-1) pitched a complete game for the Suns. She allowed two runs, neither of which were earned, on five hits. Rodgers had two strike outs.

The win over Southwestern Oklahoma State allowed Tech to finish day one of the Spa City Classic with a 1-1 mark.

Texas A&M-Kingsville beat the Suns 9-1 earlier on Saturday.

Tech (9-5) will conclude its portion of the Spa City Classic by taking on Missouri Western and Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday.

Wonder Boys, Bearcats Split Twin Bill

It would be difficult to imagine any two baseball games that could be more different than the ones that were played at Tech Field in Russellville on Saturday.

The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys hit four home runs and blistered Northwest Missouri State pitching in a 21-13 Tech win in game one.

Game two saw Northwest Missouri State pitcher Chris Green come within two outs of throwing a no-hitter as the Bearcats took an 8-0 decision.

The Wonder Boys (9-5) and the Bearcats (2-7) will play games three and four of their weekend series beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tech Field.

Click here for live statistics courtesy of the Arkansas Tech Sports Information Department.

Landon Sullins homered twice and Nick Makris and Clint Stroud both went deep once in Tech’s game one win on Saturday.

Lead-off hitter Chad Wynn (photographed) was 4-for-6 with five RBIs. Joe Walton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, while Sullins and Stroud finished with three hits apiece. Colt Loehrs and Matt Johnson both knocked in two runs.

Tech relief pitcher Zach Thomas (1-0) worked four and one-third innings to earn the victory on the mound.  

Northwest Missouri State’s Green (1-1) was the story in the nightcap. He did not allow a Wonder Boys hit until Stroud delivered a one-out single to center field in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.

That was Tech’s only hit in game two after it collected 20 hits in game one.

Trevor Conner and Evan Connell drove in two runs apiece for the Bearcats in their win.

 

GSC Tournament Game Times Announced

Arkansas Tech will play the second game of the day on both Thursday and Friday in first-round women’s and men’s basketball action at the Gulf South Conference Tournament in Southaven, Miss.

The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (25-2) will face the West Florida Argonauts (14-13) at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the women’s tournament.

The Suns beat West Florida 73-70 in overtime on Dec. 30, 2008, in the most recent meeting between the two programs.

The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (26-1) will take on the West Georgia Braves (13-14) at 2:45 p.m. Friday in the first round of the men’s tournament.

The Wonder Boys are 1-0 against West Georgia this season. Five Tech players reached double figures in scoring and the Wonder Boys were plus-11 in turnover margin in an 89-70 win over the Braves on Nov. 30, 2009.

The Golden Suns closed out their regular season with an 81-59 win over Christian Brothers on Saturday night. The win allowed the Suns to earn a share of the GSC West Division title and a No. 1 seed in the GSC Tournament.

Click here to read a recap of the Suns’ win.

The Wonder Boys already had the GSC West title for men’s basketball in the bag before they beat Christian Brothers 68-54 on Saturday. Tech hit 10 3-pointers in the win.

Click here to read a recap of the Wonder Boys’ win.

All games in the 2010 GSC Tournament will be played at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

To purchase tickets for the event, call the Arkansas Tech Athletics Department at (479) 968-0337 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday.

Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and www.athletics.atu.edu will have live play-by-play coverage of every Arkansas Tech game from the GSC Tournament.

Click here to view the GSC Women’s Basketball Tournament home page.

Click here to view the GSC Men’s Basketball Tournament home page.

Check back with www.arkansastechnews.com this week for complete coverage of the GSC Tournament.

 

Wonder Boys Enter March on Winning Note

Jeremy Dunbar scored 17 of his game-high 21 points after halftime to lead the nationally top-ranked Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys to a 68-54 win over the Christian Brothers Buccaneers in the regular season finale at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday night.

Dunbar scored nine straight points for Tech (26-1 overall, 13-1 Gulf South Conference) between the 15:20 mark and the 13:39 mark of the second half.

His pair of 3-pointers and 3-of-3 trip to the free throw line gave the Wonder Boys a 41-32 edge.

The junior from Niceville, Fla., delivered the final dagger with 2:11 left. Dunbar’s fourth 3-pointer of the night made it 62-51 and effectively ended Christian Brothers’ season.

The Buccaneers, defending NCAA Division II South Region champions, missed the GSC Tournament by one game.

The Wonder Boys, the No. 1 seed from the GSC West, will play their first-round game at the GSC Tournament on Friday.

Brandon Friedel had 12 points and Marcus Pillow scored 10 points for Arkansas Tech on Saturday.

Laithe Massey added nine points and six steals, two of which came in the first four minutes of the second half. Those two steals led to five Wonder Boys’ points and sparked Tech after it trailed 29-25 early in the second half.

Zack Warner led CBU (17-10, 7-7) with 13 points.

 

Golden Suns Earn Share of GSC West Title

 

Arkansas Tech earned a share of the Gulf South Conference West Division women’s basketball title and clinched a No. 1 seed in the GSC Tournament with an 81-59 victory over the Christian Brothers Lady Buccaneers at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday night.

The nationally seventh-ranked Golden Suns (25-2 overall, 12-2 GSC) used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to open up a 67-44 lead with 8:09 remaining.

It was elementary from there as Tech remained unbeaten at home in 2009-10 and earned its first regular season conference title in women’s basketball since winning the GSC West during the 2002-03 season.

The Golden Suns won a coin flip against co-GSC West Division champion Delta State for the No. 1 seed in next week’s GSC Tournament. Tech’s women will face West Florida on Thursday in the first round of the GSC Tournament at Southaven, Miss. Game time will be announced by the league office on Sunday.

Natalia Santos and Jessica Weatherford led Tech on Saturday night with 22 points apiece. Jenny Vining added 12 points and Anna Baran notched a season-high 11 points for the Golden Suns.

Tameka Wooten had 24 points for Christian Brothers (15-11, 6-8), which won a tiebreaker with Henderson State to earn the fourth and final berth from the GSC West Division into the GSC Tournament.