The Golden Suns softball team took three out of the four games this past Sunday and Monday on the road against the Arkansas-Monticello Cotton Blossoms.
The first game on Sunday was a great pitching performance by Cabot native Megan Goodnight and the Sun’s offense. Tech took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Goodnight, scoring Paty Loredo from Fort Worth, Texas in the first.
Then in the fourth, Loredo hit a two RBI double to score Sarah Coronado, of Frisco, Texas, and Ashton Sangster, of Van Buren, to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
The Suns took the first game of the series 3-0 behind a complete game one-hitter by Goodnight. That win gave Goodnight her thirteenth win in the pitching circle. Goodnight walked two and struck out three.
In the night cap on Sunday, both offenses got on a role. Tech took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Tulsa, Oklahoma native Makenzie Addis, scoring Paige Mendoza, from Fort Smith, in the top of the first.
UAM then scored one in the first and two in the second to give them a 3-1 lead.
The Golden Suns tied the game at three in the top of the third after Coronado singled home Goodnight, and Sangster was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Addis. Then, in that same inning, Bailey Bunch, from Mena, singled home Coronado and Sydnie Henson, from Greenwood, to put the Suns back up 5-3.
In the fifth, Tech scored two runs on a sacrifice by Sangster, scoring Addis. Then Bunch scored Coronado on a fielding error to extend the Suns’s lead 7-4. The Cotton Blossoms scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning and the Golden Suns split the doubleheader on Sunday.
On the first game, the Suns offense exploded. The scoring started in the second inning when Sangster hit a solo homerun to put Tech up 1-0. Then in the third, Mendoza doubled home Bunch. Then in that same inning, Coronado singled home Mendoza and Sangster, putting the Golden Suns up 4-0.
In the fourth, Tech scored six runs starting with Loredo hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Henson. Then the next batter, Mendoza, doubled home Bunch and Addis. Also, in that same inning, Sangster hit a two-run homerun, scoring Mendoza, and the big inning was capped off with a solo homerun by Coronado to put them up 10-0.
The Cotton Blossoms were only able to score one run and the Golden Suns won in a run-rule shortened game, 10-1, in five innings. Goodnight got her second complete game victory of the weekend, improving her win total to 14. Goodnight only gave up three hits, one earned run, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.
The Golden Suns carried that momentum into the nightcap and final game of the series. The scoring started in the second inning when Henson singled home Coronado to give a Tech a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Golden Suns scored six runs starting with Loredo hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Ashley Maeder, of Plano, Texas. Then Mendoza scored Bunch on a fielding error. Also, in that inning, Coronado hit a two run single, scoring Goodnight and Mendoza. Then Janie Knowles, of Celina, Texas, hit a two run double scoring Sangster and Coronado to cap off the huge inning.
In the seventh inning, Knowles doubled home Coronado to make the score 8-0, Tech leading. The Cotton Blossoms scored one run in the seventh and Tech won the series finale 8-1. Kristen Dempsey, of Benton, pitched a complete game, only giving up five hits, one run, which was earned, walked one and struck out five. Dempsey improved her win total to nine.
The Golden Suns now sit alone at second in the GAC standings at 25-9 in GAC play. They will now come back home to take on conference leader Southern Arkansas for a four-game series on Friday/Saturday at Chartwells Sports Complex.