Golden Suns Break Even in Alabama

Arkansas Tech won three games and lost three games during a busy weekend at the 2010 Decatur Softball Chillout in Decatur, Ala.

The Golden Suns (8-4) opened the event on Friday with a 10-3 win over Kentucky Wesleyan, but they then suffered consecutive one-run losses to nationally second-ranked North Georgia, Augusta State and Barry.

Tech bounced back on Sunday to beat Bellarmine 10-1 and Columbus State 7-3.

Through 12 games, newcomer Amy Kilpatrick is Tech’s top hitter. She is batting .387 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in.

Another newcomer — Dana Stephenson — is hitting .333 with 10 RBIs, while returning All-Gulf South Conference West Division first baseman Tiphani Moon carries a .314 batting average with four home runs and eight RBIs.

Right-hander Morgan Rodgers has settled into her role as ace of the pitching staff. She is 4-1 with a 2.10 earned run average.

Head coach Gidget Pambianchi (photographed) and the Golden Suns will return to action on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Spa City Softball Classic in Hot Springs.

Tech is scheduled to face Texas A&M-Kingsville, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Missouri Western and Missouri-St. Louis during the event.

The Suns’ next home games will be March 6-7 when they host Southern Arkansas for a four-game GSC series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.