Henderson State University first baseman Sarah Gipson went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in to lead the Reddies to a 9-4 victory over Arkansas Tech University in a winners’ bracket game at the Great American Conference Tournament in Bentonville on Thursday night.
With the loss, the Golden Suns (38-19) will play an elimination game against Southern Nazarene University at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, in Bentonville. Live coverage will be available on KWKK 100.9 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com.
Henderson State (39-11) broke a 3-3 tie and took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Caroline Cullins scored on an Arkansas Tech throwing error and Alicia Zack delivered an RBI single for the Reddies to give them a 5-3 advantage.
The combination of Michelle Sorensen and Ashlyn White ensured that Henderson State would not surrender the lead. Sorensen (18-8) pitched the first five innings and limited the Golden Suns to three runs, one of which was earned, on four hits. White recorded the final six outs for her fourth save of 2015.
Zack, who played her freshman season at Arkansas Tech before transferring to Henderson State, was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Reddies on Thursday night.
Ashley Savage was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Golden Suns.
Morgan Vaughan (11-7) started in the circle for Arkansas Tech and was charged with five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in three and one-third innings.