Suns Collect 14 Hits in Win Over UWA

Arkansas Tech struck for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to key a 7-4 victory over the West Alabama Tigers in the Golden Suns’ final game at the Gulf South Conference Softball Crossover in Decatur, Ala., on Sunday.

The Suns (20-20 overall, 10-12 GSC) rapped out 14 base hits — seven of which came during that big fourth inning — as they won their second consecutive game.

West Alabama led 2-1 after three-and-a-half innings, but Taylor Gates’ RBI single in the bottom of the fourth put Tech in front 3-2. Dana Stephenson had a two-run double later in the inning, and by the time the frame was over the Suns had grabbed a 7-2 advantage.

That was more than enough for Chelsea Evanoff (10-9), who pitched six and two-thirds innings of relief for Arkansas Tech to earn the win in the circle. Evanoff surrendered two runs on six hits.

Stephenson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Shanda Jimeson, Roxie Palacios, Amy Kilpatrick, Natalie Magie and Jessica Fields had two hits apiece for the Golden Suns. Jimeson (photographed) notched two RBIs.

Tech finished its portion of the GSC Softball Crossover with a 2-4 record. The Golden Suns are now in third place in the GSC West Division with eight conference games remaining.

Arkansas Tech will host Delta State for a four-game series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18. First pitch next Saturday is set for 2 p.m. Admission will be free.