Late-Inning Homeruns Keep Blossoms Alive In GAC Tournament

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s softball team used three home runs in the final three innings to defeat Arkansas Tech 8-6 on Thursday night in an elimination game of the Great American Conference Championship Tournament.tv Sports reflection 10db

Junior Sydney Tipton and senior Brittany Eitel each hit solo homeruns in the top of the fifth inning to force a 4-all tie. Arkansas Tech answered in thebottom of the fifth with its final two runs on a successful squeeze bunt and an RBI single.

UAM (27-29) scored the final three runs of the game with a single run in the sixth on an RBI groundout from junior Lacy Blanchard to pull her team to within one run. In UAM’s final turn at bat, senior Channing Tharpe started a three-run rally with a solo homerun to left field to force another tie, this time at 6-all. The Blossoms scored their go ahead runs off an ATU error and an RBI single from senior Beth Johnson.

Tech (31-27) started the scoring in the bottom of the first on a three-run homerun from Courtney Colunga and went up 4-0 off a UAM error in the bottom of the third before the Blossoms outscored the Golden Suns 8-2 in the final four innings.

UAM scored its first two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning off an ATU error and a sacrifice fly out by sophomore Kali Piha.

Johnson accounted for three of UAM’s 11 hits in the win. Senior Hannah Pendley and Tharpe each added two hits in the contest.

Senior Courtney Wilson earned the win in relief after giving up two runs off six hits in the final 4.1 innings. ATU’s Sydnee Clark (16-11) took the loss after giving up all eight runs off seven hits in a 4.2 non-consecutive innings in the circle.

The Blossoms move on to face the loser of Thursday night’s winner’s bracket game between Southeastern Oklahoma State and Harding on Friday at 11 a.m. at theTiger Athletic Complex. That game will be featured on the GAC Sports Network video webcast, as well as the UAM Sports Radio Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com.

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