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Arkansas Tech University will hope to build upon the momentum of its first Great American Conference baseball series victory when it hosts the University of Arkansas at Monticello for a three-game set at Tech Field in Russellville this weekend.

The Wonder Boys (16-20 overall, 5-7 GAC) and the Boll Weevils (14-19, 3-11) will play a single 9-inning game at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6. That game can be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Arkansas Tech and UAM will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Those contests will be broadcast by KCAB 980 AM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcasts.

Admission to all three games will be free.

The Wonder Boys went to Weatherford, Okla., last weekend and took 2-of-3 games from Southwestern Oklahoma State. Arkansas Tech clinched the series victory with a wild 16-13 win on Sunday.

As a result, the Wonder Boys maintained their position in a tight race for a postseason berth. Only the top six teams in the final conference standings will advance to the inaugural GAC Baseball Tournament May 4-7 in Enid, Okla.

Arkansas Tech is currently in seventh place in the GAC standings, but it is only one-and-a-half games behind fourth-place East Central (22-14, 6-5).

Arkansas-Monticello is at the bottom of the GAC, and the Boll Weevils will carry a five-game losing streak to Russellville. UAM started the season with 10 wins in its first 12 games, but the Weevils are only 4-17 in their 21 games since that hot start.

Danny Loya (.363, one home run, 27 runs batted in), Hunter Allday (.350, 22 RBIs) and Josh Chism (.345, one home run and 25 RBIs) are UAM's top hitters.

Chism (3-3, 3.33 earned run average) has been the Weevils' most effective pitcher in 2012.

Arkansas Tech's .310 team batting average is second-best in the GAC. Jonathan Finnegan leads the Wonder Boys with a .403 average, 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. He clubbed two home runs in a non-conference doubleheader at Northeastern State on Wednesday to become just the 11th Tech baseball player to ever hit 10 or more home runs in a season.

Aaron Luchterhand (3-4, 2.14 ERA) is the ace of the Arkansas Tech pitching staff.

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