The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns will open Great American Conference play against the Northwestern Oklahoma Rangers in a four-game series starting Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Alva, Oklahoma.
Conference play should be a welcome change for the Golden Suns, as they have yet to hit their stride, opening the season at 6-6.
The Golden Suns most recent undertaking was the Arkansas-Monticello Division II Softball Classic, held in Bentonville last weekend. The challenge saw the Golden Suns dropping three out of four matchups, including being 1-hit by the Minnesota State Mavericks, on Saturday.
The lone win of the weekend came last Friday against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs with a final of 6-2.
Despite her phenomenal season in 2016, the win was Jalissa Gum’s, from Red Rock, Oklahoma, first of the young season, pushing her record to 1-2.
Gum went 5 innings, allowing only 2 runs and striking out 11.
Megan Goodnight, from Cabot, started things off in the first inning with a 2 RBI home run, her third home run of the season, which put the Golden Suns up 2-0.
In the third inning, Gum took to the plate and sent one over the center field wall for a 2-run home run, her third home run of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0 for the Golden Suns.
Sarah Coronado, from Frisco, Texas, joined the long-ball fun in the fourth inning, hitting a solo home run, her first of the season, making the lead 5-0.
Following the upcoming series with the Rangers, the Golden Suns will open home play with a series against the Ouachita Baptist Tigers, starting on Friday, March 3.