While most Arkansas Tech fans have been caught up in March Madness with the success of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns basketball teams, the university's spring sports squads have been busy with competition of their own in recent days.
The Golden Suns softball team started Gulf South Conference play on a positive note by winning 3-of-4 games at Southern Arkansas over the weekend.
The two sides split Saturday's doubleheader. Arkansas Tech won game one 7-4 behind Shanda Jimeson, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in. The Lady Muleriders took the nightcap on Saturday 2-1.
Sunday was all Golden Suns as Arkansas Tech won by scores of 3-1 and 8-5. Shelby Jo Fenter was the winning pitcher and also had three hits in game one.
Hayley Hudson made Tech softball history in Sunday's second game. She went 2-for-3 with a home run and a single-game, school-record seven RBIs. No Golden Sun had ever recorded more than five RBIs in a game before Sunday.
Arkansas Tech (12-9 overall, 3-1 Gulf South Conference) will return to action today (Tuesday, March 15) with a non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Baptist at the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex in Russellville. Admission will be free.
The softball coaching staff has deemed this "Pack the Berm Day." Tech students are encouraged to sit in the area beyond the fence and cheer for the Golden Suns.
The Wonder Boys baseball team is now 11-7 on the season after losing all three games of a non-conference series at the University of West Florida on Saturday and Sunday.
The Argonauts (18-4), who are now ranked No. 4 in the nation at the NCAA Division II level, won game one of the series 8-7 on a walk-off single by Korey Domenick in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Two Wonder Boys' errors led to four unearned runs and a 6-2 West Florida win in the second game of the series, and the Argonauts completed the sweep by winning game three 5-0.
UWF starting pitcher Daniel Vargas-Vila came within one out of throwing a no-hitter before Arkansas Tech's Matt Johnson broke it up with a two-out single in the top of the ninth. Vargas-Vila retired the next batter to complete a one-hit shutout.
The Wonder Boys will tangle with North Alabama in a neutral-site doubleheader at Millington, Tenn., at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 15).
The Arkansas Tech women's tennis team is 5-5 overall and 0-1 in GSC play following a 5-4 loss to Delta State on Friday, March 11.
The Golden Suns will host Henderson State for a 4 p.m. match at the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex today (Tuesday, March 15). Admission will be free.
The Arkansas Tech women's golf team is opening its spring season this week by participating in the 2011 Pepsi Lion Invitational hosted by Texas A&M University-Commerce at Tanglewood Golf Course in Pottsboro, Texas.
The Golden Suns battled wind and cold to post an opening-round team score of 344 on Monday. Arkansas Tech is tied for fifth among a field of 15 teams entering the final round today (Tuesday, March 15).
The Arkansas Tech men's golf team finished fourth among a nine-team field in the Doyle Wallace Classic at Glenwood Country Club Feb. 21-22.
The Wonder Boys will return to action March 28-29 in the University of North Alabama Spring Classic.
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