Arkansas Tech split 2-2 with Southeastern Oklahoma State despite tallying a combined total of 47 runs over Saturday’s and Sunday’s four-game series in Durant, Okla.
After getting behind 10-0 after two innings, Tech rallied with 18 team hits in the first game of Saturday’s double header to claim a 16-13 win over the Savage Storm.
Whitney Robinson (4/5, 3 RBIs) started the comeback in the third inning with a two-run home run. Tech gave up a RBI walk in the bottom half that pushed SEOSU’s lead back to 11-2.
The Golden Suns proved nearly unstoppable in the fifth, raking in eight runs to cut the Savage Storm’s lead to one. Alexa Wimberly (2/3, 3 RBIs) scored the innings first runs on a two-run homer. The runs began to pile on as Samantha Herweck (1/3, 2 RBIs) hit a RBI single through the left side, Ashley Savage (3/5, 5 RBIs) doubled to right field to score two, Alicia Lowrey (2/2, 2 RBIs) hit an RBI double and Robinson doubled down the right field line to drive in a run. Wimberly topped off the explosive offensive inning with a RBI double to right field.
SEOSU answered in the bottom half with a two-run home run to push ahead 13-10, but the Golden Suns would again put together a big inning at the plate in the seventh.
Lowrey, the first batter in the inning, homered a solo shot to left center, and Tech quickly tacked on two unearned runs by way of fielder’s choice that tied it at 13-13. Savage then lifted Tech ahead with a three-run homer to complete the final inning.
Tech used five pitchers in the slugging duel, but Robinson earned her first win this year on the mound after pitching a scoreless sixth inning. Morgan Vaughan earned the save in the seventh, allowing no runs to ensure the win.
The Golden Suns fell in the second game despite solid performances hitting from Savage (3/3, 4 RBIs), Kambri Hill (2/3, 4 RBIs) and Robinson (2/4, 1 RBI).
Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a three-run double from Hill and a RBI single from Savage in the first, but by the third inning SEOSU had surged ahead 10-5.
After a RBI double from Hill in the fifth, Savage hit a three-run shot over the left field fence in the seventh to cut the deficit to one. By the eighth inning the Golden Suns had taken back a 13-10 lead.
But in the bottom half, SEOSU hit a three-run home run to tie the game, followed by a walk-off grand slam that earned the home team the split for the day.
Tech notched 15 team hits in its 14-3 win in Sunday’s first game.
Wimberly dominated at the plate, going 3-for-4 with six RBIs and 2 home runs. Shanna Davidson (2/3, 2 RBIs and 2 HR) and Robinson (3/3, 1 RBI) also contributed offensively in the win.
Tech got down 2-0 in the first inning but bounced back in the third when Davidson and Robinson hit back-to-back solo shots. SEOSU earned one more run in the bottom half, but it was all Tech after this point.
The fourth inning saw a two-run homer from Savage and a grand slam from Wimberly. In the sixth, Davidson’s solo home run and Wimberly’s two run shot highlighted a six-run inning.
Sydnee Clark (3-1) earned the win for the Golden Suns through three innings of work, allowing only three hits and one run while fanning two.
Again the teams split after Tech fell to SEOSU 5-4 in Sunday’s second matchup.
SEOSU’s first run came in surprising fashion as a Savage Storm runner stole home in the second inning.
It again looked like Tech would dominate the game offensively as the Golden Suns began to tee off in the fourth inning starting with a solo homer from Hill (1/2, 1 RBI). Three more runs were added in the fifth, coming by way of home runs from Davidson and Lowrey, who both went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and a double from Wimberly (1/2, 1 RBI).
But a single shot up the middle in the sixth drove in two runs to bring the Savage Storm to within a score. And then, with the bases loaded, a batter was hit by a pitch for a score. SEOSU won the game in the seventh on a walk of double to center field.
Victoria Huie (4-1) received her first loss of the year, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and five runs and fanning six.
The Golden Suns will play at home in a four-game series against Arkansas at Monticello on Friday and Saturday, with the opening pitch at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.