Tech Tennis Enjoys Success in Sunshine State

Arkansas Tech University earned three victories and suffered one defeat during a spring break tennis road trip to Florida.

The Golden Suns (11-4) will play their next four matches at home, beginning with a 2 p.m. non-conference match against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Tuesday, March 28.

Arkansas Tech 8, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta 1
Monday, March 20 @ Orlando, Fla.

Valentina Lemos/Katarina De Guzman (SCAD) def. Tamara Bell/Kami Ward (Tech) 8-2
Annabel Rowlands/Teresa Sanchez (Tech) def. Madison Umbaugh/Sofia Guerra (SCAD) 8-5
Vandella Suico/Haeleigh Long (Tech) def. Nathalia Bolivar/Tina Gancev (SCAD) 8-2

Tamara Bell (Tech) def. Katarina De Guzman (SCAD) 6-3, 6-3
Teresa Sanchez (Tech) def. Sofia Guerra (SCAD) 6-2, 6-1
Kami Ward (Tech) def. Madison Umbaugh (SCAD) 7-6 (4), 6-3
Annabel Rowlands (Tech) def. Valentina Lemos (SCAD) 6-2, 6-1
Haeleigh Long (Tech) def. Nathalia Bolivar (SCAD) 6-0, 6-0
Vandella Suico (Tech) def. Tina Gancev (SCAD) 4-6, 6-1, 10-3

Florida Southern 8, Arkansas Tech 1
Wednesday, March 22 @ Lakeland, Fla.

Sasha Nionova/Selin Devrimci (FSC) def. Tamara Bell/Teresa Sanchez (Tech) 8-1
Linnea Skymberg/Natalija Popovic (FSC) def. Haeleigh Long/Kami Ward (Tech) 8-1
Lorena Rionda/Magda Stepnik (FSC) def. Vandella Suico/Maria Vlaskina (Tech) 8-4

Tamara Bell (Tech) def. Lorena Rionda (FSC) 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Selin Devrimci (FSC) def. Teresa Sanchez (Tech) 6-1, 6-2
Natalija Popovic (FSC) def. Kami Ward (Tech) 6-3, 6-2
Lola Asis (FSC) def. Haeleigh Long (Tech) 6-1, 6-4
Avery Hunter (FSC) def. Vandella Suico (Tech) 7-5, 6-4
Magda Stepnik (FSC) def. Maria Vlaskina (Tech) 6-3, 6-3

Arkansas Tech 9, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 0
Thursday, March 23 @ Orlando, Fla.

Tamara Bell/Teresa Sanchez (Tech) def. Angela Gelabert/Natalia Sanchez (UPRM) 8-2
Haeleigh Long/Kami Ward (Tech) def. Paula Jimenez/Angellica Rivera (UPRM) 8-0
Vandella Suico/Maria Vlaskina (Tech) def. Andrea Ortiz/Paula Rodriguez 8-0

Tamara Bell (Tech) def. Angela Gelabert (UPRM) 6-2, 6-2
Teresa Sanchez (Tech) def. Paula Jimenez (UPRM) 6-1, 6-1
Kami Ward (Tech) vs. Natalia Sanchez (UPRM) 6-3, 6-0
Haeleigh Long (Tech) vs. Angiemar Torres (UPRM) 6-0, 6-2
Vandella Suico (Tech) vs. Amarilys Gonzalez (UPRM) 6-2, 6-0
Maria Vlaskina (Tech) vs. Angellica Rivera (UPRM) 6-1, 6-1

Arkansas Tech 5, Palm Beach Atlantic 4
Friday, March 24 @ Orlando, Fla.

Valerie Nagovitcina/Taylor Conti (PBA) def. Tamara Bell/Teresa Sanchez (Tech) 8-3
Leoni Polzin/Maja Jovic (PBA) def. Haeleigh Long/Kami Ward (Tech) 8-1
Vandella Suico/Maria Vlaskina (Tech) def. Michaela Mignemi/Michala Burns (PBA) 8-6

Tamara Bell (Tech) def. Valerie Nagovitcina (PBA) 7-6 (3), 6-1
Teresa Sanchez (Tech) def. Leoni Polzin (PBA) 6-1, 6-4
Taylor Conti (PBA) def. Kami Ward (Tech) 6-3, 6-3
Haeleigh Long (Tech) def. Maja Jovic (PBA) 7-6 (3), 6-1
Michaela Mignemi (PBA) def. Vandella Suico (Tech) 6-2, 6-0
Maria Vlaskina (Tech) def. Florencia Roncatti (PBA) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5

Wonder Boys Take Series from OK Baptist

Arkansas Tech University maintained sole possession of second place in the Great American Conference baseball standings by winning 2-of-3 games against Oklahoma Baptist University at Tech Field in Russellville on Saturday and Sunday.

The Wonder Boys (18-12 overall, 14-4 GAC) will play a non-conference game at Harding University in Searcy on Wednesday, March 29.

First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live coverage will be available at

Game One: Tech 4, OBU 3

Arkansas Tech grabbed the lead in the fourth inning and held on the rest of the way for a 4-3 victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday night.

The Wonder Boys struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth — the last of which came on a straight steal of home by Seth Wheeler — to take a 4-1 lead.

Kyle Wilson (4-0) started on the mound for Tech and limited the Bison to three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. Quentin Bowling pitched two scoreless innings and Jesse Harbin worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Mark Vaughn had three hits for the Wonder Boys.

Game Two: Tech 3, OBU 2

Dylan McDearmon and Korey Thompson had two base hits apiece in a 3-2 Arkansas Tech win against Oklahoma Baptist in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

ATU starting pitcher Trent Armstrong (4-2) struck out eight Bison hitters over eight-plus innings of work. Branden Bohuslav and Harbin combined to get the final three outs. It was Harbin’s fifth save of 2017.

Game Three: OBU 8, Tech 1

Oklahoma Baptist’s Juan Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and the Bison salvaged the series finale by defeating Arkansas Tech 8-1 on Sunday.

Tyler Gibson (2-2) pitched a complete game for Oklahoma Baptist.

Golden Suns, Lady Bison Split Series

Arkansas Tech University went 2-2 in a four-game Great American Conference softball series against Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Suns (20-12 overall, 14-6 GAC) will host East Central University for a four-game series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1.

First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. Live coverage will be available at

Game One: Tech 5, OBU 1

Janie Knowles’ three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning broke a scoreless tie and sent Arkansas Tech to a 5-1 victory over Oklahoma Baptist in game one of Friday’s doubeheader.

Jalissa Gum (7-5) went the distance in the circle for the Golden Suns. She allowed one run on four hits while striking out 15.

Game Two: Tech 4, OBU 3

A last-chance rally in the top of the seventh inning gave Arkansas Tech a 4-3 win and a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Baptist on Friday.

Megan Goodnight tied the score with a run-scoring single and Sarah LaChance followed by driving in the go-ahead run with a single.

ATU reliever Cara Tolar (2-2) pitched around a lead-off single by Oklahoma Baptist’s Katie Reyes in the bottom of the seventh to preserve a one-run victory. Tolar pitched four shutout innings for the Suns.

Game Three: OBU 2, Tech 1

Morgan Hughes’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning was the difference in a 2-1 Oklahoma Baptist win over Arkansas Tech in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Game Four: OBU 7, Tech 6

Cheyenne Demaree hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning and Oklahoma Baptist swept the Saturday doubleheader by defeating Arkansas Tech 7-6 in the nightcap.

Boll Weevils Top Wonder Boys 5-2

Brady Weiss and Sean Wagner drove in two runs apiece in a 5-2 University of Arkansas-Monticello win over Arkansas Tech University in non-conference baseball at Tech Field in Russellville on Tuesday.

The Boll Weevils (15-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning and used a quintet of pitchers to remain in front. Jared Libke started and went four innings before giving way to Michael Harrison (1-1), who was named the winning pitcher after working one inning.

UAM’s Drake Streeter got the final two outs for his first save of 2017.

Zach Klockowski and Michael Post both had one RBI for the Wonder Boys (16-11).

Layton Robinson (0-1) started on the mound for Tech and was charged with two runs on four hits in two and one-third innings.

The Wonder Boys will host Oklahoma Baptist University for a three-game GAC series at Tech Field on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Saturday (single game) and noon Sunday (doubleheader). Live coverage will be available at

Golden Suns Take 3-of-4 Against SNU

Three dominant pitching performances vaulted Arkansas Tech University to a series victory over Southern Nazarene University in Great American Conference softball at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Suns (18-10 overall, 12-4 GAC) are in sole possession of third place in the GAC standings, three games behind co-leaders Harding University (25-3, 15-1) and Southern Arkansas University (25-3, 15-1).

Arkansas Tech will visit Oklahoma Baptist University for a four-game GAC series in Shawnee, Okla., on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25.

Game One: Tech 2, SNU 0

Jalissa Gum pitched a one-hit shutout and hit a home run to lead Arkansas Tech to a 2-0 victory over Southern Nazarene in the series opener on Friday.

Gum (6-4) struck out 13 Crimson Storm hitters. Her solo home run in the second inning gave the Golden Suns a 1-0 lead. Tech’s Sarah Coronado added a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

SNU starting pitcher Katelyn Brown (4-6) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

Game Two: Tech 8, SNU 0

Morgan Vaughan tossed a perfect game in an 8-0 Arkansas Tech win over Southern Nazarene in Friday’s nightcap.

Vaughan (7-1) retired all 15 Crimson Storm batters who came to the plate in a mercy-rule shortened game. She notched six strikeouts, five ground outs and four fly outs.

Gum, Ashton Sangster and Janie Knowles drove in two runs apiece. Knowles hit a home run.

Brooke Tate (0-5) went the distance in the circle for Southern Nazarene. She was charged with eight runs, two of which were earned, on 10 hits in four-plus innings.

Game Three: SNU 1, Tech 0

Southern Nazarene’s Brown threw a two-hit shutout to carry Southern Nazarene to a 1-0 victory over Arkansas Tech in game one of a Saturday doubleheader.

Brown (5-6) struck out 10 batters. Jacey James drove in the game’s only run on a seventh-inning single.

Gum (6-5) pitched a complete game for the Suns. She allowed one run on two hits while striking out 14.

Game Four: Tech 6, SNU 0

Vaughan made her case for GAC pitcher of the week honors by pitching her second shutout of the weekend in a 6-0 Arkansas Tech win over Southern Nazarene in the series finale on Saturday.

The junior from Bella Vista induced 15 ground outs. Vaughan (8-1) limited the Crimson Storm to one hit.

Coronado went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sarah LaChance added two runs batted in for the Suns.

Brown (5-7) surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits over one and one-third innings.