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SAU takes two from Wonder Boys

The Wonder Boys will return to Tech Field for the final time in the 2016 regular season as they take on Southwestern Oklahoma this weekend. MATTHEW EMERY/THE ARKA TECH

This weekend the Wonder Boys will return to Tech Field for the final time in the 2016 regular season as they take on Southwestern Oklahoma.

The Wonder Boys will have their work cut out for them as Southwestern Oklahoma currently stands at third place in the Great American Conference, with a 23-12 record.

The series will be the conclusion of a back to back weekend series against top ranked conference opponents.

Last weekend, the Wonder Boys traveled to Magnolia to take on Southern Arkansas in a three-game series.

Despite being 13-1 at home, the Wonder Boys managed to overcome Southern Arkansas and hand them their second home loss of the season on Friday, with a final of 4-2.

Zach Skelton, a senior from Amorel, led the Wonder Boys to victory in the contest, as he pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs on five hits and striking out 10.

Skelton found his groove as the game progressed and sent down the final 11 batters of the game.

Collin O’Neil, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, came through in the eighth inning with a single that plated a run to give the Wonder Boys the 3-2 lead.

The Wonder Boys would add to that lead in the top of the ninth and sealing the game.

Unfortunately for the Wonder Boys, the big win on Friday did not translate into Saturday, as they were swept in the double header.

Game one of the doubleheader saw Southern Arkansas score in each of the first four innings, making the score 11-0 before the Wonder Boys were able to answer back. Southern Arkansas continued to pour it on before reaching the final of 17-3.

Ethan Taylor, a senior from Arlington, Tennessee, was handed the loss, as he went 1.1 inning, giving up three runs.

Game two of the doubleheader was a much closer affair, but had the same outcome, as the Wonder Boys once again fell, 6-4.

Starting pitching was again the issue for the Wonder Boys as Trent Armstrong, a junior from Waxahachie, Texas, was handed the loss.

Armstrong went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

Following the final home stand of the season, the Wonder Boys will wrap up the regular season against Northwestern Oklahoma and Harding.