The Arka Tech

Golden Suns open conference

Jalissa Gum, of Red Rock, Oklahoma, tallied 19 strikeouts last weekend. She is now eight strikeouts away from most in ATU history.

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.