Archives for April 2011

Suns Close Regular Season With Two Wins

Arkansas Tech completed a four-game series sweep of the Christian Brothers Lady Buccaneers with a pair of wins at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Saturday.

Tiphani Moon hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Arkansas Tech a 2-1 win in game one.

Amy Horne (6-1) went the distance in the circle for the Suns. She allowed one run on five hits.

The Golden Suns won the nightcap 3-0.

Tech’s Hayley Hudson was 3-for-3 with two solo home runs.

Alex Doyle (12-9) tossed a two-hit shutout for the Suns to earn the win.

Arkansas Tech finishes the regular season with an overall record of 33-17 and a GSC record of 23-7.

The Golden Suns will now prepare for the GSC Tournament, which will be played May 6-8 in Southaven, Miss. Arkansas Tech was runner-up at the GSC Softball Tournament in 2008 and 2009.

Bisons Take Game One, Game Two Suspended

The Gulf South Conference baseball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday between Arkansas Tech and Harding will stretch into a second day.

Harding (37-10 overall, 14-5 GSC) won game one 8-6 on Saturday afternoon, but lightning forced the second contest to be suspended with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Harding was leading 6-2 at the time of the suspension.

Weather permitting, game two of the series will be resumed at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The third game of the series is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

KCAB 980 AM will have the broadcast in the Arkansas River Valley.

Click here to access a link to an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Double plays played a large role in Harding’s 8-6 win in game one on Saturday.

The Bisons turned three inning-ending double plays, including one in the bottom of the ninth to hold off a Wonder Boys’ comeback bid.

Nate Wilder put Arkansas Tech (29-17, 13-6) in front 4-2 in game one with his two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Wonder Boys maintained that edge until the top of the sixth inning. That was when Trent Kinnear sent a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the score 4-4.

Billy Ninemire put the Bisons in front for good with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. Kinnear’s second home run of the game — this one a solo shot — and Charles Bradley’s RBI single in the eighth increased the Harding lead to 7-4.

The Bisons added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Erin McCarver.

Insurance turned out to be a valuable investment for Harding.

Josh Riley led off the bottom of the ninth inning for Arkansas Tech with a double. Michael Milum’s one-out, pinch-hit single put runners at first and third.

Chris Reese walked to load the bases. Matt Johnson drove Riley in with an RBI single, and Beaird followed with a walk that forced Milum home and cut the Harding lead to 8-6.

The Wonder Boys had the bases loaded with one out, the tying run at second base and the winning run at first.

But Ninemire, who started the game at first base and moved to pitcher with one out in the ninth, was able to induce a ground ball to second base off the bat of Nick Makris.

The Bisons turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and preserve their victory.

Lucas Waddell (8-2) pitched eight and one-third innings for Harding to earn the win. He allowed six runs on nine hits. Ninemire earned his second save of the season.

Mason Reynolds (3-2) took the loss for Arkansas Tech. He started and gave up five runs on six hits in six innings.

As of the end of Saturday’s play, Harding is in sole possession of first place in the GSC West. The Bisons are one-half game in front of both Delta State and Southern Arkansas, while the Wonder Boys sit in fourth place but just one game out of a tie for first.

Sunday will be the final day of the regular season regardless of weather. No make-ups beyond Sunday will be permitted to be played.

Arkansas Tech, Harding, Delta State and Southern Arkansas will represent the GSC West Division in the GSC Baseball Tournament May 6-10 in Millington, Tenn. Sunday’s play, if the weather allows, will determine seeding for the tournament.

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GSC West Baseball Title Up For Grabs

The schedule maker has pitted Arkansas Tech against Harding in the final weekend of the Gulf South Conference baseball season every year since 2004. And seemingly every year both teams have entered the series needing to perform well to earn a spot in the league’s postseason tournament.

This year, there is something much larger than a berth in the GSC Tournament on the line.

Arkansas Tech and Harding, two of the three teams tied for first place in the GSC West with three regular season games remaining, will play a three-game series at Tech Field in Russellville this weekend.

The Wonder Boys (29-16 overall, 13-5 GSC) and the Bisons (36-10, 13-5) will play a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday and a single contest starting at noon Sunday. Admission will be free.

All three games will be broadcast in the Arkansas River Valley by KCAB 980 AM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcasts.

Arkansas Tech has only won the GSC West Division baseball title once. That came in 1998, when the Wonder Boys shared the championship with Delta State.

Harding has never finished better than third in the GSC West since joining the conference during the 2000-01 academic year.

The third member of the present tie — Delta State — has won or shared the GSC West title 21 times.

The Statesmen (28-16, 13-5) wrap up their regular season this weekend with a three-game set at Henderson State (18-25-1, 6-11-1).

With all that said, the team that might be in as good a position as anyone to win the GSC West is the team that sits in fourth place — Southern Arkansas.

The defending GSC West champion Muleriders (29-13, 12-6) are just one game off the pace, and they get to finish up with three home games against Arkansas-Monticello (17-23, 6-12).

The Arkansas Tech-Harding series is a match-up of the best hitting team in the GSC West against the best pitching team in the GSC West.

The Wonder Boys have a team batting average of .343, which is best in the GSC West and eighth-best in all of NCAA Division II.

The Bisons’ team earned run average is 3.22. That’s tops in the GSC West and it ranks Harding 24th in D-II.

Arkansas Tech, Harding, Delta State and Southern Arkansas have already secured the four berths from the GSC West in the 2011 GSC Tournament.

That event will be played May 6-10 at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.

Hudson’s Grand Slam Clinches GSC West Title

Hayley Hudson’s walk-off grand slam on Friday afternoon at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex gave Arkansas Tech an 8-0 win over Christian Brothers and clinched the Golden Suns’ third Gulf South Conference West Division championship in the last four years.

Arkansas Tech had a magic number of two to win the GSC West entering Friday’s play.

The Golden Suns’ win in game one of their series with Christian Brothers combined with Henderson State’s 7-5 win over Ouachita Baptist in game one of that series clinched the division title for Arkansas Tech.

The Suns were also GSC West champions in 2008 and 2009.

Neither team had a base runner through the first three innings of game one, but Arkansas Tech broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Amy Kilpatrick and Hudson had RBI singles, and Tiphani Moon drove in two runs with a double to left-center field.

The Golden Suns ended the game early on the mercy rule thanks to a home run from a freshman that was historic in more than one way.

Hudson’s blast over the left-field fence not only clinched the GSC West title, it was her 11th home run of the season. That tied the school record for most home runs in a season set by Moon when she hit 11 round-trippers in 2010.

Amy Horne (5-1) pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out seven for Arkansas Tech.

CBU’s Kaylea Brewer (6-14) took the loss. She allowed five runs in four innings.

Casey King’s RBI single in the first inning of game two gave the Lady Buccaneers a 1-0 lead, but it was all Golden Suns after that.

Arkansas Tech scored four runs in both the second and fourth innings and then added a run in the sixth to end the game early 9-1 on the mercy rule.

Hudson was 2-for-3 with another home run — her school record 12th of the season — and two RBIs in the nightcap.

Shanda Jimeson went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Shelby Jo Fenter, Natalie Magie and Alicia Zack drove in one run each.

Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Alex Doyle (11-9) allowed one run on three hits while striking out five in five innings to earn the win. Chelsea Evanoff worked one scoreless inning in relief.

CBU’s Kim Adams (5-11) was the losing pitcher in game two. She allowed eight runs on eight hits in three and two-third innings.

The Golden Suns (31-17 overall, 21-7 GSC) will close out their regular season by hosting Christian Brothers (12-28, 5-21) for a doubleheader at noon Saturday. Tune in to KCAB 980 AM or click here to hear updates from the games throughout the afternoon.

Students Present the Class Gift

 

Members of the Tech Loyalty Fund Class of 2011 Committee presented a check for more than $2,000 from the graduating class to the Arkansas Tech Foundation on Thursday afternoon during an end-of-year celebration at the Lake Point Conference Center.

The donation is the result of a year-long effort by the committee to raise awareness among their fellow seniors about the importance of the Tech Loyalty Fund for current and future students. Seniors and graduate degree candidates made the donations as their first gift to Arkansas Tech.

Class Gift Committee member Danielle Jolie recruited the most students to start a tradition of giving back to Tech. She received special recognition at the picnic.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Arkansas Tech class has made a collective gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. The class giving program has raised approximately $9,000 for the Tech Foundation.

“This group was willing to go to classmates and make the peer-to-peer connections that result in giving,” said Kristin Smith, director of the Arkansas Tech Loyalty Fund. “This program builds every year. Word has gotten out over campus over time, so I have to give a lot of credit for this year’s success to every group that came before. This generation of college students is very giving, they want to help others and they are very team-oriented.”

Jayne Jones, vice president for development, accepted the donation on behalf of the Arkansas Tech Foundation.

“I challenge you to not miss a year in giving back to Tech,” said Jones. “The Tech Loyalty Fund means a great deal to this university. Our students benefit from the Tech Loyalty Fund on a daily basis, and those private dollars give our faculty members the tools they need to help our students succeed.”

Click here for more information about the Tech Loyalty Fund.