Golden Suns score two shutouts

Arkansas Tech University closed out its portion of the softball season-opening 2016 Southeastern Regional Invitational by posting a pair of shutout victories in Durant, Okla., on Sunday.

The Golden Suns (4-1) will return to action Feb. 12-14 by participating in the UAM 8-State Classic at Bentonville. They are scheduled to play six games over the course of the three-day event.

Game One: Arkansas Tech 8, Central Missouri 0

Jalissa Gum pitched a no-hitter in an 8-0 Arkansas Tech victory over Central Missouri on Sunday afternoon. Gum struck out 11 batters and walked two over five innings. The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Seven Golden Suns had a least one base hit, led by Alex Edinger and Janie Knowles with three hits apiece. Edinger and Kambri Hill both had two runs batted in.

Game Two: Arkansas Tech 6, Emporia State 0

A trio of extra base hits and Morgan Vaughan’s pitching were the key factors in Arkansas Tech’s 6-0 win over Emporia State on Sunday.

Edinger put the Golden Suns in front with an RBI double in the third inning, Gum hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Samantha Herweck delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. Gaby Vasquez added a single that led to Gum scoring on an error in the fifth. Vaughan (3-0) allowed five hits over seven innings. She struck out four Hornets and walked two.

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