Golden Suns take 4-game series at home

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Jalissa Gum turns to steal second during a game at Chartwells Women's Sports Complex.

Arkansas Tech (32-12, 19-9 GAC) had 39 hits and outscored its Great American Conference opponent Ouachita Baptist (10-28, 6-21 GAC) 27-5 in a four-game sweep on Friday and Saturday at Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.
Sophomore shortstop Jalissa Gum and junior left fielder Kambri Hill contributed two hits apiece in the Golden Suns series opening 5-3 win.

The Golden Suns got on the board first in the fourth and fifth innings with RBI singles from Gum and senior right fielder Whitney Robinson. Ouachita Baptist put one run up on a double in the sixth, but two fielding errors in the bottom half allowed the Golden Suns to bring in two more runs.

Ouachita Baptist hit a two-run home run in the seventh after a pitching change, but junior closer Kelsie Barker retired the next batter to end the game.

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH:  Jalissa Gum turns to steal second during a game at Chartwells Women's Sports Complex.
LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Jalissa Gum turns to steal second during a game at Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Sophomore starter Sydnee Clark (9-3) pitched six of seven innings to get the win. She gave up four hits and an earned run and struck out two batters.

The Golden Suns again scored first in their 7-2 night win when senior first baseman Shanna Davidson (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) knocked a solo shot over left center. In the fourth, Hill added a run on a sacrifice bunt, and sophomore left fielder Ashley Savage (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit a two-run RBI single.

The home team gave up two runs in the fifth on a homerun and a throwing error, but the Golden Suns’ freshman catcher Miranda Dupree, Davidson and Robinson each hit a RBI in the sixth to secure the win.

Senior pitcher Victoria Huie (11-4) allowed 7 hits and an earned run while striking out two in 4.2 innings of work. Morgan Vaughan earned the second save of her freshman year after pitching 2.1 hitless and scoreless innings to close.

On Saturday, the Golden Suns’ offense began to find its groove, producing 23 hits and 15 runs. Davidson (4-for-4) and senior third baseman Chelsea Reeves (3-for-5, three runs, five RBIs) lead the way at the plate for the Golden Suns.

The Golden Suns didn’t give up a run in either of Saturday’s games. Vaughan (8-3) started off the 7-0 win in the first game with six scoreless innings, during which he allowed four hits and fanned three en route to the win on the mound.

Savage hit a two-run homer in the second, and freshman designated hitter Janie Knowles (3-for-4, two RBIs) followed up with a two-run single through the middle. Reeves hit a three-run homer run in the sixth and ensured the win.

Huie earned her second win of the series, pitching five innings and giving up only four hits, in the Golden Suns’ 8-0 win in the last game.

Reeves, Dupree and Davidson all went 2-for-2 offensively, and Gum drove in the game’s first run on a single in the first inning.
Dupree and Davidson’s RBI doubles scored runs in the second inning, and Davidson and Robinson came up with RBIs in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0. Robinson and Savage both hit RBI singles, and Reeves’ two-run triple in the fifth smothered the Ouachita Baptist morale.

The Golden Suns defeated Northeastern State 7-5 on Tuesday in Tahlequah, Okla. The second game of the doubleheader against the RiverHawks (17-26) was canceled because of weather.

Sydney Clark was credited the win with five hits, three walks, four strikeouts and three earned runs. Morgan Vaughan earned a save, allowing two hits and one walk on 19 pitches.

The Golden Suns travel to Arkadelphia on Friday to face Henderson State (30-8, 21-5 GAC).