Archives for January 2015

Wonder Boys, Golden Griffons Split Series

Arkansas Tech University and Missouri Western State University split a season-opening, four-game baseball series in non-conference play at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday and Saturday.

The nationally 17th-ranked Wonder Boys (2-2) will participate in the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 5, with a 2 p.m. contest against St. Mary’s University.

Arkansas Tech will continue its portion of the event by facing Henderson State University on Friday, Feb. 6, the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 7, and Tarleton State University on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Game One: Tech 5, MWSU 4

Arkansas Tech took advantage of a Missouri Western error in the bottom of the 10th inning to push the winning run across for a 5-4 Wonder Boys’ victory in the series opener on Friday.

Keenan Jumper’s run-scoring single for Arkansas Tech in the bottom of the eighth inning drove Bryan Heward home, tied the score at 3-3 and eventually forced an extra inning.

The Golden Griffons edged in front 4-3 in the top of the 10th when Michael Yeager’s bunt single allowed Ryan Degner to score the go-ahead run.

Arkansas Tech responded in the bottom of the 10th. Heward’s fourth hit of the game brought Caleb McKinnon in with the tying run.

Marcus Wilson walked to set the stage for pinch-hitter Seth Wheeler. With runners at first and second base and no one out, Wheeler’s intention was to put down a sacrifice bunt. He did much more.

Missouri Western pitcher Josh Lansangan fielded Wheeler’s bunt and made an errant throw. His error allowed Heward to race home with the winning run for Arkansas Tech.

Heward finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and one driven in. John Lassiter had two base hits and one run batted in for the Wonder Boys.

Tech’s Ryan Vruggink (1-0) was tabbed as the winning pitcher after he worked two-thirds of an inning. Lansangan (0-1) took the loss.

Wonder Boys starting pitcher Trent Armstrong received no decision after allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven Griffons.

Game Two: MWSU 9, Arkansas Tech 6

Missouri Western erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh and final inning to defeat Arkansas Tech 9-6 in Friday’s nightcap.

With the Griffons trailing 6-3 after six innings, Cody Childs sparked Missouri Western’s comeback with a lead-off triple in the seventh. Orencio Fisher’s RBI single to shortstop drove in Childs. A one-out walk to Dylon Koch led to Cosimo Cannella’s two-RBI double to left field and the score was tied 6-6.

The Griffons grabbed the lead on an RBI single by Brandon Downs. They tacked on two insurance runs courtesy of a two-run single by Childs in his second at-bat of the inning.

The Wonder Boys were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh inning by MWSU reliever Richard Peoples. He was credited with the save.

Missouri Western’s A.J. Martinez (1-0) pitched two-thirds of an inning and was the winning pitcher.

Arkansas Tech reliever Randy Vallejo (0-1) was saddled with the loss.

Heward and Collin O’Neil had two hits apiece for the Wonder Boys, while McKinnon and Kris Ayers both contributed two RBIs.

Cannella was 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Griffons.

Game Three: MWSU 10, Tech 4

A quick start propelled Missouri Western to a 10-4 victory over Arkansas Tech in the first of two games on Saturday.

The Griffons struck for two runs in the first inning and five runs in the second inning while building an early 7-1 lead.

David Glaude and Trevor LaHonta both had three base hits for Missouri Western, while Ryan Degner and D’Andre Heggie collected two hits apiece. The Griffons benefited from four unearned runs as a consequence of four Arkansas Tech errors.

Banks Born (1-0) pitched the first five innings for Missouri Western to earn the win. He surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits. Born recorded five strikeouts.

Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Zach Skelton (0-1) was charged with seven runs, three of which were earned, over his four innings of labor.

Patrick Castleberry and Mark Vaughn were both 2-for-4 at the plate for the Wonder Boys.

Game Four: Tech 11, MWSU 2

After losing two games in a row to Missouri Western, Arkansas Tech busted out in a big way in the second inning of the series finale.

The Wonder Boys put together a seven-run rally in the last of the second on their way to a 11-2 victory.

Six base hits by Arkansas Tech, two errors by the Griffon defense, two sacrifice bunts and a wild pitch contributed to the Wonder Boys’ second inning. By the time it was over, Tech led 8-2.

Tech’s Castleberry added to the margin with a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Vaughn went deep for a solo home run one inning later to set what proved to be the final score.

Cody Jones (1-0) limited the Griffons to two runs, one of which was earned, while pitching five and one-third innings in his first start of the season. He struck out six Missouri Western hitters.

Arkansas Tech relief pitchers Brandon Surdam, Bryson Morris and Tyler Huffstickler combined to get the final five outs without allowing a run.

MWSU starting pitcher Tyler Tuepker (0-1) allowed four runs, three earned, in one inning.

O’Neil, Castleberry, Vaughn and Jumper had two hits apiece for the Wonder Boys. Castleberry drove in three runs.

Ouachita Tops Wonder Boys 71-57

Ouachita Baptist University maintained its position atop the Great American Conference men’s basketball standings with a 71-57 victory over Arkansas Tech University at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday.

It was the third consecutive win for the Tigers, who completed their first regular season sweep of the Wonder Boys since the 2007-08 campaign.

Ouachita Baptist (14-4 overall, 10-3 GAC) opened the game on a 10-1 run and led throughout. The Wonder Boys pulled as close as two points in the opening period, but OBU held Arkansas Tech without a made field goal over the final 4:14 of the half.

As a result, the Tigers were able to build a 31-22 advantage at the intermission. A spurt of seven unanswered Ouachita Baptist points early in the second half increased the margin to 42-26 with 16 minutes left, and the Tigers retained at least a 11-point spread the rest of the way.

Tirrell Brown and Colt Fason paced Ouachita Baptist with 22 points and seven rebounds apiece. Justin McCleary chipped in 13 points for the Tigers.

Clarence Willard had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Wonder Boys. Tech’s Darrick Little came off the bench to score 10 points.

The Wonder Boys (9-12, 5-8) will conclude a string of three consecutive road games by venturing to Weatherford, Okla., for a 7:30 p.m. GAC contest against Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Feb. 5. Hear a live play-by-play description of the events on KWKK 100.9 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

No. 20 Golden Suns Earn Road Victory

Arkansas Tech University dominated the final seven minutes of the first half and avoided its first women’s basketball losing streak of the season by defeating Ouachita Baptist University 66-61 in Great American Conference play at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday.

The nationally 20th-ranked Golden Suns (16-3 overall, 11-2 GAC) outscored Ouachita Baptist 19-4 over the final seven minutes of the opening period. The spurt began with a Katrina Hayden jump shot and ended with back-to-back 3-pointers to close the half by Anissa Pounds.

Pounds scored 10 points during the run and finished with a game-high 23 points.

Arkansas Tech went to halftime leading 34-26, and while it maintained an advantage throughout the second half, Ouachita Baptist never folded.

The Golden Suns briefly stretched their lead into double figures after a Pounds 3-pointer and two Fatima Adams free throws made it 59-49 with 6:38 remaining. Arkansas Tech put it away by limiting the Lady Tigers to just two made field goals over the final four minutes.

The win allowed the Golden Suns to maintain the distinction of not losing back-to-back games so far during the 2014-15 season. Arkansas Tech dropped a 57-52 decision at Southern Arkansas University on Thursday.

Adams notched 19 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Hayden finished with eight points and Caroline Eubanks added seven points for Arkansas Tech, which completed a regular season sweep of the Lady Tigers.

Katie Kapler scored 14 points, Katherine West netted 13 points and Kori Bullard had 11 points for Ouachita Baptist (7-13, 3-10).

The Golden Suns will play the last of three consecutive road GAC games when they visit Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 5. Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have the play-by-play description.

Davis to Speak for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is proud to announce Edmond Davis as this year’s guest speaker. Davis will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 9:45 a.m. in the Student Services Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public.

A class facilitator at Arkansas Baptist College and the University of Phoenix in Little Rock, “Davis is believed to have the largest collection of Arkansas Tuskegee Airmen history memorabilia in the country,” according to the biography on his website.

Items from his collection have been displayed at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff’s Cultural Center, the Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Davis is also a professional development specialist and public speaker providing his services to schools, colleges and the United States Air Force. He provides workshops on topics such as Arkansas history, World War II history and African-American history.

He has written several pieces on aviation, diseases, women’s history, the Civil Rights movement, Arkansas and African-American history as well as the book, “Pioneering African-American Aviators: Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen of Arkansas.” Davis will have books for purchase and signing immediately following his presentation.

In June 2014, he was named 314th Airlift Wing’s Honorary Vice Commander and was one of 25 new honorary commander inductees by the 19th, 314th, and 189th Airlift Wings at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Davis and his wife, Monica, have a son, Kalon.

A previous version of this article stated “Thursday, Feb. 17.” This is incorrect. The article has been updated to reflect the correct date of Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Familiar Faces: Students Learn Through Travel Experience

Arkansas Tech University students are traveling to Germany in May to learn more about the German culture.

Stephanie Ratsamy is this week’s familiar face, and she shares what she’s hoping to gain from traveling abroad.

The trip is hosted by the Department of English and World Languages.

Learn more about the Department of English and World Languages at Arkansas Tech.