The Wonder Boys picked up two huge victories against No. 15 Arkansas-Monticello Boil Weevils this past weekend at Tech Field.
The first game of the series on Saturday was a marathon of a game. UAM scored first in the top of the fourth and took an early 1-0 lead. Tech then tied the game up at one on an RBI single by Britt Stroth, of Conway. Then two hitters later, Stroth scores on a wild pitch to give the Wonder Boys a 2-1 lead after four innings.
Tech extended their lead in the seventh when Riley Hickerson, of Cooter, Missouri, scores Jake Harvey, of Overland Park, Kansas. Then the next batter, Mark Vaughn, of Salina, Kansas, singled home Stroth to make the score 4-1, Tech leading.
The Boil Weevils tied the game up in the eighth, scoring three runs. Then, for the next five innings, both games were held scoreless. It wasn’t until the top of the fourteenth when UAM scored 12 runs in the inning and Tech dropped the first game of the series, 16-4.
The night cap was a totally different story. Instead of both teams manufacturing a ton of runs, it ended being an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. Tech scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Shane Pollard, of Arnold, Missouri, scoring Stroth. Then Phoenix, Arizona native Kyle Gibbs drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Pollard.
UAM scored one run in the top of the second. Then in the fifth, Vaughn scored on a wild pitch to extend Tech’s lead back to 3-1.
UAM didn’t score in the final two innings and the Wonder Boys took game two 3-1 tying up the series setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon. Hayes Cox, of Fayetteville, picked up his seventh win of the year, pitching a complete game giving up four hits, one run, which was earned, walked five and struck out five.
In the rubber match on Sunday, the Tech offense was manufacturing runs in bunches. UAM took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
In the next half inning, Tech scored five starting with a two RBI double by Vaughn scoring Pollard and Stroth. Then Gibbs drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Hickerson. Also, in that inning, Harvey scored two runs on a couple of fielding errors by UAM, scoring Vaughn and Harry Gard, of Phoenix, Arizona.
The Boil Weevils scored five runs in the top of the second, giving them a 6-5 lead. In the bottom half of the second, the scoring kept going with Gard hitting a two-run single, scoring Pollard and Stroth. Then Gibbs doubled home Vaughn to give the Wonder Boys a 8-6 lead.
In the third, Hickerson singled home Stroth, then in the fourth inning Harvey singled home Cody Wescott of Phoenix, Arizona. Also, in that fourth inning, Korey Thompson, of Bryant, singled home Gibbs. Then Pollard scored Harvey on an RBI groundout.
In the fifth inning, Tech scored two bases loaded walks by Harvey and Thompson, extending the Wonder Boys’ lead 14-6. UAM scored a run in the top of the seventh. Then in the top of the eighth, Hickerson scored on a wild pitch, and the Wonder Boys took the series finale, 14-6, and the overall series against No. 15 Arkansas-Monticello.
Anthony Race, of Phoenix, Arizona, picked up his third win of the year pitching four and one-third innings. Race gave up four hits, one run, which was earned, walked four and struck out two.
The Wonder Boys have now won their eighth straight conference series win, improving their conference record to 18-9 in GAC play, which puts them in a tied at third with Southern Arkansas. Tech heads on the road to take on the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas in Magnolia for Friday/Saturday three game conference series.