The Arka Tech

Golden Suns make another split

The Golden Suns will cross the border to Weatherford, Oklahoma, this weekend to face Southwestern Oklahoma.

The contest this weekend will be the last away series for the Golden Suns this season before the Great American Conference Championship on April 28, which will take place in Bentonville.

The Golden Suns are currently undefeated on the road, 20-0, but are coming off a series split last weekend against Southern Arkansas.

It was the first time this season that the Golden Suns have lost twice in a single weekend.

The series consisted of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, with the Golden Suns losing the final games in both doubleheaders.

Friday evening saw the Golden Suns fall victim to a seventh inning rally that plated three runs for Southern Arkansas and giving them to 7-5 lead which would hold to be the final.

Kelsie Barker, a senior from Stafford, Virginia, was dealt the loss in what was her worst outing of the season.

Barker went four innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits, the big blow being a three run home run in the seventh inning.

The matchup on Saturday evening was a lower scoring affair that the Golden Suns dropped with a final of 3-1.

Sydnee Clark, a junior from Redfield, pitched a complete game in the losing effort, allowing only five hits and one run.

Clark said, “I’m really happy with it. It’s nice to come back after a few rough games.”

Clark’s most stressful inning came in the fifth, where she surrendered four walks, but managed to escape the inning with only one run allowed.

“My timing was off, but my teammates had my back,” said Clark.

The Golden Suns were able to bail Clark out in the fifth, but they had three errors in the game, which is uncharacteristic for the team as they rank second in the Great American Conference in fewest errors.

The three errors accounted for two unearned runs in the second and seventh inning respectively.

Alex Edinger, a sophomore from Claremore, Oklahoma, led the first inning off with a single and would come around to score the only Arkansas Tech run.

Edinger said, “We fought hard, it just didn’t go our way. Everything was going wrong.”

As a whole, the Golden Suns were not able to get much going offensively during the series.

The two wins were 2-0, and 1-0 affairs.

In the 2-0 series opening win, Jalissa Gum, a junior from Red Rock, Oklahoma, threw a one hit shutout and helped her own cause with a two RBI triple in the third.

Gum was also a key part of the Golden Suns second win of the weekend, throwing a two hit shutout.

The two victories for Gum pushed her seasonal record to 15- 1, which is tied for third in the Great American Conference.