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Golden Suns drop 2 at Harding

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Kelsie Barker winds up to pitch during a recent game at Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

The Golden Suns (28-12, 15-9 Great American Conference) dropped two games at Harding University (18-20, 12-10 GAC) on Tuesday in Searcy. Harding won the first matchup 2-1, followed by the second matchup 4-2. The losses combine for a five-game losing streak after Tech dropped a three-game series to Northwestern Oklahoma.

Sydnee Clark (8-2) was credited the 2-1 loss in the first game against Harding after giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Whitney Robinson homered with two outs in the top of the first inning to put the Golden Suns on the board 1-0. Harding answered in the bottom of the first, starting with a single through the right side with no outs. Clark struck out the next batter but allowed a two walks to load the bases with one out. Harding scored on a fielder’s choice. After catching a runner stealing, Harding scored another run to tally two for the inning, bringing the score to 2-1.

Ashley Savage singled to left with one out in the second but was left on base. Harding left two on base in the bottom of the second after a two two-out singles was halted by a groundout.

Tech threatened in the top of the third when Alex Edinger was hit by a pitch with one out. Edinger stole second, and after Jalissa Gum singled down the left field line, Edinger advanced to third. A groundout by Robinson allowed Gum to advance to second, but Courtney Colunga grounded out to end the inning.

Harding earned hits in each the third and fourth innings. Tech started the fifth with a single to right by Janie Knowles. A sacrifice bunt by Shanna Davidson advanced Knowles to second. A groundout by Edinger advanced Knowles to third, but Gum flied out to end the inning.

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Janie Knowles lines a pitch during a recent game at Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Tech had hitless sixth and seventh innings to give Harding the 2-1 win. Clark walked three and stuck out two with six hits. Robinson, Gum, Savage and Knowles recorded one hit each.

Morgan Vaughan (7-3) was credited with the 4-2 loss to Harding in the second matchup.

Kambri Hill singled to center with two outs to start the first but was stranded on base after a groundout. Harding, however, scored a run in the first, starting with a no-out single and a stolen base. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, and a flyout scored one run for Harding.

Tech scored its first run of the series in the second. Alicia Lowrey reached on a fielders choice, and Miranda Dupree walked with two outs. Davidson reached on a fielding error, scoring Gum, who pinch ran for Lowrey.

Harding added another run in the bottom of the second. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Harding scored an unearned run from a fielding error.

Hill singled to center field in the top of the third but was left on base. Savage singled in the top of the fourth but was left on base.

Harding scored two in the bottom of the fourth, starting with a one-out walk. A single and a flyout scored to runs to give Harding a 4-2 advantage.

Tech scored one run in the top of the fifth. Robinson singled and advanced to third on a throwing error, and she scored when Alexa Wimberly singled down the right field line.

Although Davidson singled with a bunt in the top of the seventh, she was stranded to end the game in favor of Harding.
Hill and Savage each recorded two hits. Robinson, Wimberly and Davidson recorded one hit each.

Victoria Huie pitched two innings, walking one and striking out two. Vaughan pitched four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out one.

Three losses to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla., broke a 10-game winning streak for the Golden Suns. Tech won the first game of a double header 7-1 on April 2 but fell 6-4 in game two and 3-2, 6-5 on Friday.

The Golden Suns will host a four-game series against Ouachita Baptist Friday and Saturday Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.