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Wonder Boys Clinch First 30-Win Year Since '04

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Arkansas Tech clinched the eighth 30-win season in the history of its baseball program by defeating the Lyon College Scots 13-7 in non-conference action at Tech Field in Russellville on Tuesday night.

This is the first time the Wonder Boys (30-14) have won 30 games in a baseball season since 2004, and Dave Dawson is the first Arkansas Tech head baseball coach to ever win 30 games in his first season with the program.

Nick Makris matched his season high with four hits on Tuesday as Arkansas Tech earned its fifth consecutive win.

Makris, a junior third baseman from Little Rock, was 4-for-4 with four runs batted in, a double and a walk. His two-run single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Wonder Boys their final margin of victory.

Arkansas Tech scored at least one run in six of their eight turns at bat on Tuesday night. The Wonder Boys, who rank among the top 20 teams in all of NCAA Division II baseball in batting average, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases, had 15 hits in their win over the Scots (21-15).

Chad Wynn, Matt Johnson, Clint Stroud, Anthony Gower and Chris Reese had two base hits apiece for Tech. Gower hit his third home run in his last two games.

Addison Rayford (2-1) pitched two and two-thirds innings of perfect relief to earn the win. He struck out one.

The Wonder Boys will visit Delta State for a three-game Gulf South Conference series in Cleveland, Miss., this weekend.

First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. The series will conclude with a single contest at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Radio station KCAB 980 AM and www.athletics.atu.edu will have live play-by-play coverage.

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