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No Cupcake for Wonder Boys Tuesday Night

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It is commonplace for college baseball teams to schedule mid-week, non-conference opponents this time of year that are sure to provide a little confidence boost.

In other words, they’re looking for an easy, low-stress victory to escape from the rigors of their league races. Arkansas Tech will receive no such respite on Tuesday night when it hosts Lyon College. The Wonder Boys (29-14) and the Scots (21-14) will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tech Field. Admission will be free. NAIA member Lyon College has proven that it can more than hold its own against Gulf South Conference teams. The Scots are 5-3 against GSC opponents in 2010. Add in the fact that Lyon College is coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of TransSouth Conference rival Union University over the weekend, and the Scots are likely to be a motivated bunch when they pile off the bus Tuesday afternoon. Arkansas Tech was on the right end of a sweep on Saturday and Sunday. The Wonder Boys took three straight from Ouachita Baptist for their first sweep of the Tigers since 2004. In the process, Tech head coach Dave Dawson tied a school record for most wins by a head baseball coach in his first year with the Wonder Boys. Dale Harpenau set that mark when he won 29 games during his first campaign at Arkansas Tech in 1988. Dawson can become the first Tech skipper to win 30 games in his first season at the helm of the Wonder Boys on Tuesday night. It would be the eighth 30-win season in the history of Arkansas Tech baseball, and the first since 2004. Tuesday’s game will mark the end of an 11-game home stand for the Wonder Boys. Tech is 7-3 so far during the home stand, and the Wonder Boys are 21-7 at Tech Field this season. This weekend, Arkansas Tech will head to a place where it has a record of 1-15 this century --- Dave “Boo” Ferriss Field in Cleveland, Miss. The Wonder Boys will face nationally-ranked Delta State for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 3 p.m. Sunday.

All three of the Tech-DSU games will be broadcast on radio station KCAB 980 AM. The broadcasts will be streamed over the Internet at www.athletics.atu.edu.

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