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Suns Visit Henderson State This Weekend

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Arkansas Tech faces a four-game series at Henderson State this weekend as it continues its quest for a third consecutive berth in the Gulf South Conference Softball Tournament. The Golden Suns and the Lady Reddies will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader at noon Saturday at Delores Brumfield White Field in Arkadelphia. The GSC West Division standings indicate that the final month of the regular season will be anything but predictable.

Arkansas-Monticello (30-5, 7-1) is out in front of the pack, but Arkansas Tech (17-13, 7-5), Ouachita Baptist (25-11, 6-6), Delta State (18-13, 6-6) and Henderson State (14-13, 4-4) are all tightly bunched in the race for a spot in the postseason.

Even the bottom two teams in the GSC West standings --- Southern Arkansas (8-19, 4-8) and Christian Brothers (12-14, 2-6) --- are still very much a factor in the hunt. Only the top four teams in the final GSC West standings will advance to the GSC Softball Tournament April 30-May 2 in Southaven, Miss. Arkansas Tech asserted itself as a strong contender to earn one of those four berths earlier this week when it took 3-of-4 games from Southern Arkansas in a series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville. All four of the Tech-SAU games went to extra innings. Tiphani Moon gave the Suns the series win with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-3 victory on Wednesday. Moon has nine home runs this season, just one shy of the Arkansas Tech single-season school record she set in 2009. Henderson State enters this weekend having won five of its last six games. The Lady Reddies swept a non-conference doubleheader against Drury University on Thursday. Check back with www.arkansastechnews.com for results from the Tech-HSU series as they become available.

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