Archives for March 2012

Wonder Boys Top SWOSU in Series Opener

Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Aaron Luchterhand received some help from his friends on Saturday, and it was enough to get the Wonder Boys by the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs 5-3 in game one of a three-game Great American Conference series at SWOSU Field in Weatherford, Okla.

Luchterhand (3-4) held Southwestern Oklahoma State to three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in seven innings. He lowered his team-best earned run average to 2.14 this season.

The win ended a streak of bad luck for the right-handed Australian. Arkansas Tech had only scored three runs in support of Luchterhand in his previous four starts.

Luchterhand’s luck changed on Saturday, but the Wonder Boys had to rally late and then hold on to make him a winner for the first time since Feb. 24.

A pair of Wonder Boys’ errors in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Southwestern Oklahoma State a pair of unearned runs and a 3-1 lead.

Three straight hits to begin the seventh inning opened the door on Arkansas Tech’s comeback.

Singles by Nate Wilder and Kenny Spencer put runners and first and second base with no one out.

Drew Stanton’s RBI double sent Wilder home and cut the Southwestern Oklahoma State lead to 3-2.

Cesar Abreu delivered a sacrifice fly that brought Spencer in with the tying run, and Stanton put the Wonder Boys in front 4-3 when he scored on a balk by Southwestern Oklahoma State relief pitcher Luke Barnard.

Luchterhand retired the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of the seventh inning and then handed the one-run lead to the Wonder Boys’ bullpen.

Brandon Arata worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth, and Stanton provided Arkansas Tech with some breathing room when he lifted a solo home run over the fence with one out in the top of the ninth.

Arata retired the first two Southwestern Oklahoma State hitters in the bottom of the ninth.

Bryce Stout kept the Bulldogs alive with a single. Marc Tarantola doubled to put runners at second and third, but Arata was able to catch Kyle Meadows looking at a called third strike to end the game with the tying run standing at second base.

It was Arata’s second save of the season.

With the victory, the Wonder Boys won game one of a conference series for the first time this season.

Southwestern Oklahoma State starting pitcher David Francis (2-3) took the loss. He allowed four runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings.

The Bulldogs won game two 3-2 on Stephen Castiglione’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

SWOSU’s Adrian Dominguez worked a perfect seventh inning for his seventh save of the season.

Cole Stephens (5-1) was the winning pitcher in the nightcap. He allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings.

Tech’s Caleb Powers (4-4) was saddled with the loss in game two. He surrendered three runs on eight hits in six innings.

Landon Sullins, Jonathan Finnegan and Keenan Jumper had two hits apiece for the Wonder Boys in the loss. Finnegan drove in both Arkansas Tech runs.

The Wonder Boys (15-18 overall, 4-7 GAC) and the Bulldogs (19-10, 9-5) will conclude their series by playing a single game beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Click here to access live stats courtesy of the Southwestern Oklahoma State Sports Information Department.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech baseball.

Saturday Sweep: Suns Win Pair of 1-Run Games

Arkansas Tech stopped a five-game softball losing streak in style on Saturday by sweeping a Great American Conference doubleheader from the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville.

The Golden Suns defeated the Bulldogs 5-4 in 10 innings in game one and 2-1 in the nightcap. With the wins, Arkansas Tech improved to 13-17 overall and 7-9 in GAC play.

Southwestern Oklahoma State, which entered the day in the thick of the GAC regular season title hunt, fell to 25-10 overall and 12-6 in the league.

Arkansas Tech’s Ashton Long delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one. Her shot over the shortstop’s head brought Amy Kilpatrick home from third with the game-winning run.

Arkansas Tech’s Victoria Huie (7-6) went the distance in the circle and earned the win. She allowed just two earned runs over 10 innings of work.

SWOSU’s Katie Raines (9-4) took the loss. She allowed five runs, all of them unearned, on nine hits in nine and one-third innings.

Raines, the reigning GAC pitcher of the week, saw her school-record streak of 34 consecutive scorless innings stopped in the bottom of the sixth when the Golden Suns scored four runs on two hits and two Bulldog errors to take a 4-2 lead.

SWOSU forced extra innings on Kristina Davis’ two-run double in the top of the seventh, but Long’s RBI single in the 10th gave Arkansas Tech the win.

Game two turned into a pitchers’ duel between Tech’s Rachel Keeton and SWOSU’s Katrina Johnson.

Keeton (5-10) allowed just one unearned run on six hits in seven innings. The Bulldogs scored their lone run of the nightcap on a sacrifice fly by Davis in the top of the third.

Johnson (10-4) allowed an RBI single by Natalie Magie in bottom of the second inning. She did not surrender another hit until Victoria Huie led off the bottom of the sixth with a single.

Siarra Gomez followed with a double and Long walked to load the bases with the score tied 1-1.

Magie drew a two-out walk to force pinch-runner Macy Wiley home with what proved to be the winning run for Arkansas Tech.

Keeton made the 2-1 lead stand up by retiring the Bulldogs in order in the top of the seventh.

The Golden Suns and the Bulldogs will conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday, April 1.

Both games can be heard on KCAB 980 AM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech softball.

Arkansas Tech Selects 2012-13 PLC Members

Arkansas Tech University has selected 30 students to serve in the Presidential Leadership Cabinet (PLC) during the 2012-13 academic year.

According to the organization’s mission statement, PLC members “work in cooperation with the Tech administration to advance Arkansas Tech University and enhance its mission through outreach to prospective and current students, alumni and friends.”

Applicants must be full-time students who have completed at least 12 semester hours at Tech and are in good standing with the school. The minimum grade point average for membership in PLC is 3.0.

The 2012-13 members of the Arkansas Tech Presidential Leadership Cabinet are:

  • Kate Axon of Ozark, Mo.
  • Maegan Ballard of Russellville
  • Ashton Coleman of Jacksonville
  • Annabeth Collier of Charleston
  • Chloe Cox of North Little Rock
  • Eden Eckart of Russellville
  • Bryan Ferguson  of Sherwood
  • Cheryl Fleming of Harrison
  • Alan S. Fulcher of Batesville
  • Micah Hunter of Russellville
  • Christopher Knickerbocker of Pine Bluff
  • Paige Leavell of Russellville
  • Samantha McKinzie of Sheridan
  • Ashley McPhee of Harrison
  • Hunter “Wallace” Mullins of Russellville
  • Hayley Paquet of Rogers
  • Jessica Parker of Wasilla, Alaska
  • Mia Patterson of Conway
  • Shelby Peck of Rogers
  • Taylor Phoumivong of Fort Smith
  • Macie Reed of Rison
  • Caitlin Robertson of Charleston
  • Cat Singleton of Paragould
  • Brooke Smith of Sherwood
  • Kenneth D. Smith of Harrison
  • Amanda Sparks of Berryville
  • Marissa Tedford of Benton
  • Caroline Vining of Marshall
  • Dacen Waters of Dover
  • Lynsie Whitlow of Alma

Journalism Students Selected to Intern

Eight Arkansas Tech University students have been selected to intern at various news outlets across Arkansas.

The journalism students were selected by three news companies through a competitive process and will serve as interns throughout the summer.

The following students have been selected to intern:

  • Breana Boone– KATV
  • Kayla Fletcher– KATV
  • Micah Hunter– KATV
  • Joshua Kelly– KATV
  • Gerald Xu– KATV
  • Jose Harber– KFSM
  • Kallie Gangluff– KTHV
  • Lauren Harrison– KTHV

Anthony Caton, interim head of the Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism and director of broadcasting, says he is excited about the opportunity the students will have to gain first-hand knowledge about their chosen career field.

“These are competitive internships, and I am extremely proud of the students selected to represent Arkansas Tech,” adds Caton.  “During their summer internships the students will have the opportunity to work directly with reporters, anchors and producers to gain better insight into the field of journalism.  I know these students will represent the university well as they continue their studies in a professional environment.”

Learn more about the Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism at Arkansas Tech.

Throughout the summer, ArkansasTechNews.com will feature students who are interning.  If you know of a student interning this summer, be sure to tell ArkansasTechNews about it here, and the student could also be featured on the site.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Comes to Tech

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present a special recital Saturday on the Arkansas Tech campus.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium.

Students attending Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton are invited to attend at no cost with a valid student identification card.

General admission seating costs $10 and $5 for K-12 students.

Additionally, reserved seating is available for $25. This price includes a pre-concert reception at Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville, set to begin at 6 p.m.

The program is sponsored in part by the Russellville Symphony Guild and the Arkansas Arts on Tour Program of the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

To purchase tickets, call Ann Squyres at 479-968-5080 or go to Brown and Brown Insurance located at 706 West Main in Russellville.