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Checking In On the Spring Sports at Tech

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While the Arkansas Tech University basketball teams have been busy sweeping the Great American Conference basketball regular season titles and preparing for the postseason in recent days, three spring sports teams at Arkansas Tech have continued with early-season competition.

The Wonder Boys baseball team improved to 8-6 on the season by sweeping four games in Tahlequah, Okla., Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26.

Arkansas Tech's bats came alive during the four-game winning streak. The Wonder Boys had 67 hits over the course of four games. They had at least 15 hits in each game. Their previous season high for base hits in a game had been 14 at Abliene Christian on Feb. 5.

Tech opened the weekend by defeating host Northeastern State 18-0 on Friday. The Wonder Boys took neutral-site wins of 18-5 and 14-7 over Northwest Missouri State on Saturday on Sunday, and Arkansas Tech made it a perfect trip by defeating Northeastern State 15-9 on Sunday.

Tech third baseman Nate Wilder went 9-for-17 with five home runs and 12 runs batted in during the trip to Tahlequah. He was rewarded with the GAC baseball player of the week award on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The Wonder Boys will host Southern Arkansas for a 2 p.m. non-conference game at Tech Field in Russellville on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Tech will open its inaugural GAC baseball schedule by hosting Henderson State for a three-game league series on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. First pitch for Friday's single game will be 7 p.m. The two sides will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Golden Suns softball team opened league action last weekend and took 3-of-4 games from Southern Arkansas.

Arkansas Tech improved to 7-5 overall by sweeping the Lady Muleriders 2-1 and 5-1 on Sunday, Feb. 26. SAU won the first game of the series 4-3 on Saturday, Feb. 25, but the Suns bounced back to win Saturday's nightcap 3-2 in 10 innings.

Right-hander Rachel Keeton was the Arkansas Tech starting pitcher in game two both days. She went 2-0 with a 0.82 earned run average in two starts against the Lady Muleriders.

Keeton struck out six Lady Muleriders over 17 innings of work. She was named GAC softball pitcher of the week on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The Golden Suns will visit Henderson State for a four-game GAC softball series on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4.

Arkansas Tech's women's tennis team got its 2012 season started by winning 1-of-3 matches in Arkadelphia on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Golden Suns dropped a 9-0 decision to Southwest Baptist on Friday and a 6-3 decision to nationally 22nd-ranked Tarleton State on Saturday, but they bounced back to defeat Henderson State 9-0 later in the day on Saturday.

Arkansas Tech will make its 2012 home tennis debut when it welcomes Southern Arkansas to the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex in Russellville for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday, March 3.

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