Rogers State opened the softball season Tuesday in an afternoon chill, but warmed up enough to earn a split of a doubleheader with Arkansas Tech at the Hillcat Complex.

Arkansas Tech limited the Hillcats to three hits in the opener en route to a 2-0 victory.

In the nightcap, the Hillcats broke out for 12 hits and won, 9-3.



First game

Tiphanie Moon led off A-Tech’s second inning with a double and moved up on Molly Schweigert’s sacrifice bunt. Krista Cifuentes chased her home with a single to left field.

It would be the only run the Golden Suns would need as Dana Aldrich was virtually unhittable. She held the Hillcats without a hit until the fifth inning when Randi Tyler beat out an infield single. Katie Bointy reached on an error and the Hillcats had the tying run in scoring position with two outs when Sara Walkup flew out to the left field wall.

Lillian Nevarez and Tanya Koch singled in the final two innings, but the Hillcats were unable to advance a runner past second base the rest of the way.

ATU added an insurance run in the seventh with the help of an error and two wild pitches.

Sophomore Kelli Dunagan took the loss, allowing one earned run and striking out 10 with a walk.



Second game

The Golden Suns took a 2-0 lead in the first with two hits off Jenny Johnson.

RSU responded with a run in its first and added three more in the second. Dunagan plated the first run for the Hillcats — a two-out double to center field. Megan Wood and Nevarez added two-out RBI hits in the second inning to give RSU a 4-2 advantage.

Johnson gave way to Dunagan in the circle after two innings and Dunagan picked up right where she left off in Game 1. Pitching with a lead for the first time, Dunagan allowed one earned run on five hits over the final five innings. The Collinsville product also went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs.

RSU added a run in fifth and blew the game open with a four-run sixth. Wood finished with three hits while Nevarez and Katie Bointy added two apiece.

Rogers State (1-1) will be idle before hitting the road Tuesday for Bacone.



ARKANSAS TECH 2, RSU 0

First game

Arkansas Tech 010 000 1 — 2 5 3

Rogers State 000 000 0 — 0 3 3

Aldrich and Palacios. Dunagan and Koch. W — Aldrich. L — Dunagan.



RSU 9, ARKANSAS TECH 3

Arkansas Tech 200 000 1 — 3 7 2

Rogers State 130 014 x — 9 12 3

Hammons, Morgan (6) and Palacios. Johnson, Dunagan (3) and Koch. W — Dunagan. L — Hammons.