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Suns Take On First-Place UAM This Weekend

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Arkansas Tech University will visit the University of Arkansas at Monticello for a four-game Great American Conference softball series at Blossoms Field in Monticello on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7.

The Golden Suns (14-18 overall, 8-10 GAC) and the Cotton Blossoms (24-10, 12-2) will play doubleheaders at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Click here to access live statistics courtesy of the UAM Sports Information Department.

Arkansas-Monticello is in first place in the GAC standings. The Cotton Blossoms have won 11 consecutive games, and they are 7-1 at home this season.

Arkansas Tech took 3-of-4 games from Southwestern Oklahoma State last weekend to move into fourth place in the GAC standings.

The Golden Suns will return to Blossoms Field with pleasant memories of their last trip to Monticello. Arkansas Tech went on the road and swept a four-game series from then nationally seventh-ranked UAM last season.

The Suns went on to win the 2011 Gulf South Conference West Division title, and Arkansas-Monticello recovered to finish with an overall record of 46-16. 

The Blossoms earned a bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and made a run all the way to the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Sub-Regional in Winter Park, Fla.

UAM is led by Kayla Jackson, who is 16-4 with a 1.90 earned run average as a pitcher and a .361 hitter with seven home runs and 28 runs batted in.

Arkansas Tech's top hitters include Hayley Hudson (.333, two home runs, 15 runs batted in), Victoria Huie (.333, nine RBIs) and Siarra Gomez (.309, one home run and 12 RBIs).

Tech infielder Natalie Magie was 6-for-9 with five RBIs during the Golden Suns' series win over SWOSU last weekend. She is hitting .297 on the season.

Huie (8-6, 3.39 earned run average) and Rachel Keeton (5-11, 3.66 ERA) handle the majority of the pitching for Arkansas Tech.

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