Golden Suns Conclude Season at Nationals

Arkansas Tech University’s women’s golf team finished tied for 10th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships, which were contested at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., May 14-16.

The Golden Suns completed the 54-hole stroke play portion of the event with a team total of 960.

Jacqueline Klemm (27th, 79-72-85-236), Pia Nunbhakdi (T-32nd, 74-82-82-238), Peerada Piddon (T-36th, 87-75-77-239), Sydney Staton (T-62nd, 81-81-85-247) and Allie Weiner (93rd, 88-95-94-277) represented Arkansas Tech in the event.

It was the fifth appearance in the NCAA Division II Championships in the last six years for head coach Amy Anderson and the Golden Suns.

Arkansas Tech concluded its 2018-19 women’s golf season with three team tournament titles, including its fifth consecutive Great American Conference championship.

Golden Suns’ Season Ends With 47 Victories

One of the most successful seasons in Arkansas Tech University softball history ended on Saturday at the NCAA Division II Tournament Central Regional in Edmond, Okla.

The nationally 12th-ranked Golden Suns entered the day needing two wins over nationally No. 1-ranked University of Central Oklahoma to extend their season and advance to the super regional.

Arkansas Tech successfully completed the first step in that process by defeating the Bronchos 4-2 in game one. It was just the second loss in 24 home games for Central Oklahoma this season.

Gaby Vasquez contributed two runs batted in during the Suns’ victory, while Sydnie Henson and Tymber Riley had one RBI apiece.

Tech’s Kristen Dempsey (17-4) was the winning pitcher in game one. She allowed two runs on four hits over four and two-thirds innings.

Bailey Shaffer recorded one out in relief for the Golden Suns and Megan Goodnight pitched the final two innings for her third save of 2019.

Central Oklahoma responded by winning the “if necessary” game 12-0. The Bronchos rapped out 17 base hits and ended the game after five innings due to the mercy rule.

UCO (48-6) advanced to host Augustana University in the NCAA Division II Tournament Super Regionals.

Arkansas Tech completed its season 47-15 overall and Great American Conference Tournament champion under the direction of head coach Kristina McSweeney. The 47 wins are second-most in a single season in Golden Suns’ softball history.

Country Roads, Take Us to NCAA Nationals

Head coach Luke Calcatera and the Arkansas Tech University men’s golf program will compete in the NCAA Division II Championships for a third consecutive year.

The Wonder Boys posted a 54-hole team total of 879 Thursday and Friday to finish tied for third in the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Regional at Hot Springs Country Club.

The top six teams from the regional advance to compete at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniel, W. Va., May 19-23.

Arkansas Tech qualified for match play and reached the national semifinals (2017) and the national quarterfinals (2018) at the NCAA Division II Championships the last two years.

The Wonder Boys’ path to nationals in 2019 was paved during the second round of the regional. Arkansas Tech fired the low 18-hole team score of the tournament on Tuesday morning, a 7-under par 281, to surge inside the top six on the team leaderboard.

A final-round 300 was good enough to keep the Wonder Boys 11 strokes inside the cut line and on their way to West Virginia.

Shawn Tsai (T-14th, 76-70-74-220), Andre Jacobs (T-17th, 75-69-77-221), Francois Jacobs (T-17th, 72-71-78-221), Austin Gean (T-27th, 75-71-76-222) and Kellen Gray (76th, 79-79-73-231) represented Arkansas Tech in the regional.

On to the Regional Final for ATU Softball

Trailing 3-2 and down to its final six outs, the Arkansas Tech University softball team was on the precipice of watching its 2019 season come to an end on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Division II Tournament Central Regional in Edmond, Okla.

But the nationally 12th-ranked Golden Suns weren’t ready to go home yet.

Paty Loredo’s run batted in on a single during the bottom of the sixth and Gaby Vazquez’s walk-off sacrifice fly one inning later provided Arkansas Tech with a 4-3 victory over Southern Arkansas University and a berth in the regional championship round.

Arkansas Tech (46-14) will face nationally top-ranked University of Central Oklahoma (47-5) at noon on Saturday, May 11.

Live coverage will be provided by KARV 101.3 FM/610 AM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

The Bronchos, 22-1 at home this season, defeated the Golden Suns 3-2 earlier in the day on Friday. That means Arkansas Tech must win the noon game on Saturday and then defeat Central Oklahoma in the if necessary game to follow in order to extend its season and advance to the super regional.

Kristen Dempsey (16-4) was the winning pitcher against SAU on Friday. She pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning in relief.

Bailey Bunch was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. She raced home with the game-winning run on Vazquez’s decisive sacrifice fly.

Southern Arkansas, regular season champion of the Great American Conference, completed its season with a record of 46-13. The Golden Suns were 6-0 against the Lady Muleriders in 2019.

Golden Suns Win Opening Game at Regional

Southern Arkansas University blinked first on Thursday, and when the Lady Muleriders made their mistake Arkansas Tech University was ready to pounce.

The Golden Suns scored the tying and go-ahead runs on an SAU fourth-inning error and went on to earn a 4-3 victory in an opening-round softball game at the NCAA Division II Tournament Central Regional in Edmond, Okla.

With the win, nationally 12th-ranked Arkansas Tech (45-13) advances to the winners’ bracket to face nationally top-ranked University of Central Oklahoma (46-5) at noon on Friday, May 10.

Live coverage will be provided by KARV 101.3 FM/610 AM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

Ashton Sangster and Tymber Riley came home on SAU’s error to give Arkansas Tech a 4-3 advantage.

Bailey Shaffer preserved that one-run lead the rest of the way, limiting the Lady Muleriders to one hit over three innings of relief work. Shaffer was credited with her sixth save of 2019.

Kristen Dempsey (15-3) was the winning pitcher. She started in the circle for ATU and went four innings, allowing three runs on three hits.

It was the 17th consecutive victory for the Golden Suns, who improved to 5-0 this season against the 2019 Great American Conference regular season champions.