Wonder Boys fall to St. Mary’s at finals

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Connor Brady slides home during a recent home game at Tech Field.

The Wonder Boys 2016 baseball campaign opened up on Friday against the No. 15 ranked St. Mary’s Rattlers, losing 10-6.

Arkansas came out of the gates strong, leading the for the first three innings, but a two run homer in the fourth inning tied the game and led the Rattlers to score seven unanswered, until the ninth inning where a Tech rally began with two runs, but was extinguished with the bases loaded.

However, the Wonder Boys were able to bounce back in game 2 on Saturday, as a ninth inning rally, by way of a double from Kaleb Warden, a junior from Frisco, Texas, which propelled them to a 5-3 win, and gave head coach Dave Dawson his 200th career victory on Saturday.

Warden was the hero of the game, as he went 3-5, including three RBIs.

Ryan Vruggink, a senior from Clear Brook, Texas, was the pitcher of record, as he went 1.1 innings, with two strikeouts.

Sunday’s series finale was another offensive explosion, but Tech fell 10-7.

It was a back and forth affair up until the eighth inning, where the Wonder Boys managed to tie it at seven apiece, thanks to timely base running by Connor Brady, a sophomore from Plano Texas, who scored on a throwing error by the left fielder.

Unfortunately for Arkansas Tech, that would be the end of the Wonder Boys offensive, and St. Mary’s would benefit from clutch hitting to win the game, and series.

It’s worth noting that the Wonder Boys had a total of eight errors in the series, which accounted for four unearned runs for St. Mary’s.

The Wonder Boys will dust it off and come back home for a two-game home opening series against Missouri Western on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and noon, respectively, at Tech Field.