Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2014

NSU softball drops 2 road games


— RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Northeastern State softball team lost a non-conference doubleheader to Arkansas Tech Wednesday afternoon at Chartwells Complex.

The Golden Suns (18-18) earned a 9-1 run-rule victory in the first game, and they topped the RiverHawks (24-16) 1-0 in eight innings in the nightcap.

The Golden Suns took an early lead over the RiverHawks by scoring seven unearned runs in the home half of the second frame to lead 7-0.

Arkansas Tech then plated one run in the bottom of the third frame on a sacrifice fly to improve its score to 8-0.

Northeastern State saw some action in the top of the fourth frame when senior Megan Robison jacked a home run to left field to put NSU on the scoreboard with one run, but still trailed 8-1.

Arkansas Tech matched NSU and scored one run in the bottom of the fourth frame on a double to left center to ensure the lead 9-1.

The Golden Suns held the RiverHawks scoreless in the top of the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.

Senior Madison Reed led NSU with two hits while Robison added one hit, one run and one RBI.

Senior Shelbie Wagnon (3-4) took the loss in the circle after throwing 1.2 frames. She allowed four hits and seven unearned runs. Senior Kylee Cole threw for the remainder of the contest, allowing three hits and two runs.

Northeastern State and Arkansas Tech battled through seven innings with neither team scoring a run in the second contest.

The clash drug into extra innings and was put to rest after the Golden Suns scored on a single to right center from Reeves who plated Long to end the game in a 1-0 ATU victory over NSU.

The RiverHawks outhit the Golden Suns 6-4. Freshman Lauren Flanary led NSU with two hits.

Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge (12-7) suffered the loss in the circle after throwing a complete 7.1 innings. She only allowed four hits and one run.

The RiverHawks will resume play against MIAA rival Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. April 4 at Broncho Softball Field in Edmond, Okla. The two squads will then travel to Tahlequah for an April 5 doubleheader that will be counted as non-conference games.