Arkansas Tech clinched a softball series victory over the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs with a 2-1 win in game one of a Great American Conference doubleheader at the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex in Russellville on Sunday afternoon.
Natalie Magie gave the Golden Suns a 2-1 lead with a two-out, two-run single to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Victoria Huie (8-6) took it from there. She held the Bulldogs to one unearned run on three hits over seven innings. Huie struck out five and walked one.
SWOSU starter Katie Raines (9-5) took the loss. She allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out five over six innings.
The Bulldogs bounced back to salvage the nightcap 5-0 behind a five-hit shutout from pitcher Katrina Johnson (11-4).
Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Rachel Keeton (5-11) surrendered four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits over six and one-third innings.
The Golden Suns, who entered the weekend on a five-game losing streak, took 3-of-4 games from Southwestern Oklahoma State during the weekend series. Tech won 5-4 and 2-1 on Saturday.
Arkansas Tech (14-18, 8-10) is now in fourth place in the GAC standings. SWOSU (26-11, 13-7) remains in third place in the league softball standings.
The Golden Suns will visit Arkansas-Monticello for a four-game GAC series on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7.
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