Archives for April 2015

Reddies Top Golden Suns at GAC Tournament

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

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.

Suns Throttle Harding in GAC Tourney Opener

A three-run home run by Janie Knowles and shutout relief pitching by Morgan Vaughan sent the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns to a mercy rule-shortened 10-2 win over Harding University on Friday afternoon in the Great American Conference Tournament first round at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville.

With the win, the Golden Suns (38-18) advance to face top-seeded Henderson State University (38-11) in a winners’ bracket game at 9:25 p.m. Friday night. Live coverage will be available from KWKK 100.9 FM and

Arkansas Tech took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Alex Edinger drove in Ashley Anderson on a fielder’s choice.

Two batters later, Knowles sent her three-run shot over the left field fence. The Golden Suns led 5-1 and maintained control of the game the rest of the way.

Amanda Berdon’s RBI single in the top of the fourth inning pulled the Lady Bisons (22-31) within 5-2.

Arkansas Tech answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Shanna Davidson came home on a throwing error and Alexa Wimberly delivered a run-scoring single. Edinger collected her second RBI of the game on a single one inning later and the Suns led 8-2.

Harding loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the sixth, but Vaughan escaped the jam by recording a strikeout and inducing two ground balls that resulted in outs.

Tech ended the game early in the last of the sixth courtesy of an RBI single by Chelsea Reeves and an RBI triple by Whitney Robinson.

Vaughan (11-6) limited Harding to four hits over two and two-thirds innings of relief. She struck out four and walked one.

Harding starting pitcher Amber Rollins (14-14) was charged with seven runs on eight hits in three innings.

Seven Golden Suns Named All-GAC

Arkansas Tech University has seven representatives on the 2015 All-Great American Conference softball teams, which were announced prior to the beginning of the conference tournament in Bentonville on Wednesday, April 29.

Two Golden Suns — junior outfielder Kambri Hill of Springdale and senior utility player Whitney Robinson of Choctaw, Okla. — were voted to the 2015 All-GAC first team.

Arkansas Tech placed sophomore pitcher Sydnee Clark of Redfield, freshman pitcher Morgan Vaughan of Bella Vista and senior outfielder Shanna Davidson of Coalgate, Okla., on the 2015 All-GAC second team.

Sophomore catcher Courtney Colunga of Waco, Texas, and sophomore shortstop Jalissa Gum of Red Rock, Okla., earned a place on the 2015 All-GAC honorable mention list.

Those seven all-conference performers helped the Golden Suns complete the regular season with a 37-18 overall record and a 22-14 mark in conference play. Under the direction of head coach Kristina McSweeney, Arkansas Tech enters the postseason ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

The Golden Suns face Harding University in the first round of the 2015 GAC Tournament at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. The double-elimination event continues through Saturday, May 2, in Bentonville.

Three Tech Teams Earn NCAA Bids

Three Arkansas Tech University teams have been notified in recent days that their 2014-15 seasons will continue in NCAA postseason competition.

The Golden Suns tennis team has earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Central Regional in Bolivar, Mo. Arkansas Tech is the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed East Central University in the first round at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

Tech is making its third NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in tennis. The Golden Suns previously earned an NCAA Tournament bid in 2002 and 2014. They won an NCAA Tournament match for the first time when they defeated Harding University in the 2014 first round.

Abby Davis serves as head tennis coach for the Suns.

Arkansas Tech has also earned a 2015 NCAA postseason berth in both men’s and women’s golf.

The Wonder Boys golf team will compete in the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Regional May 4-6 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill. It is the third consecutive NCAA regional men’s golf appearance for Arkansas Tech. The Wonder Boys also reached NCAA postseason play in golf in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010.

Luke Calcatera is Arkansas Tech head men’s golf coach.

The Golden Suns golf team will play in the NCAA Division II Central Regional May 3-5 at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Okla. Arkansas Tech had never earned an NCAA bid in women’s golf before 2013. Now, the Golden Suns have made three consecutive NCAA regional appearances.

Amy Anderson serves as head women’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech.

Natural and Health Sciences Lauds Students

The Arkansas Tech University College of Natural and Health Sciences has named its student award recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.

Hanna Crane of Russellville (most outstanding biology student), Cody Standifer of Mena (most outstanding wildlife student), Alexa Ballinger of Houston, Texas (most outstanding fisheries student), Rachel LeDat of Alma (most outstanding mathematics student), Summer Laffoon of Harrison (most outstanding chemistry student) and Josh Heathcock of Russellville (most outstanding physics student) were among the honorees during an awards convocation at McEver Hall on Friday, April 24.

Additional award recipients included:

  • Brad Savage, Rip Collins Memorial Scholarship
  • Brad Savage, Caddiss Fly Fishers Scholarship
  • Sarah Martin, Quail Unlimited Scholarship
  • Adam Geik, Lake Dardanelle Big Bass Scholarship
  • Philip Malone, Arkansas Fly Fishers Association Scholarship
  • Kelsey Ledbetter, Mathematics Senior Fellowship
  • Millie Remer, Geology Alumni Academic Scholarship
  • Kyle Rowden, Fort Smith Geological Society Scholarship
  • Kyle Rowden and Dax Baker, Geology Senior Fellowship
  • Tanner Corbin, Richard Cohoon Endowed Field Camp Scholarship
  • Dalton Hills, Victor Vere Endowed Field Camp Scholarship
  • Dax Baker, Tracy Wright Endowed Field Camp Scholarship
  • Millie Remer, Kyle Davis, Andrew Pruitt, Jaron Condley, Justin Brown, Kyle Rowden and Zachary Anderle, Geology Alumni Field Camp Scholarship
  • Shakeena Johnson, American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Shayla Moran, American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Morgan Mason, CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Connor Harris, Chemistry Senior Fellowship
  • Ryan Evans, Physics Senior Fellowship

Learn more about the College of Natural and Health Sciences.