OBU Sweeps Wonder Boys in GAC Series

Game One: OBU 10, Tech 0 Ouachita Baptist staked starting pitcher Connor Eller to a big early lead and he took it from there as the Tigers defeated Arkansas Tech 10-0 on Friday afternoon. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and five more in the second to build a 9-0 lead. Eller (2-0) pitched a three-hit shutout. He recorded two strikeouts and walked three. OBU’s Reuben Miller was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Parker Norris and Matt Sinclair added two hits apiece for the Tigers. Sinclair drove in three runs. Ouachita Baptist had 14 base hits. All 14 of them were singles. Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Cody Jones (2-1) took the loss. He was charged with nine runs, eight of which were earned, on nine hits in one and two-thirds innings. Game Two: OBU 10, Tech 8 Another fast start allowed Ouachita Baptist to earn a 10-8 victory over Arkansas Tech in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers notched one run in the first inning and seven more in the second. It was 8-0 OBU going to the third inning. Unlike Friday, Arkansas Tech was able to come back and make it close. Solo home runs by Kris Ayers, Marcus Wilson and Patrick Castleberry helped the Wonder Boys pull within 8-6 by the middle of the seventh inning. Tyler Faught homered for Ouachita Baptist in the last of the seventh and an Arkansas Tech error allowed the Tigers to tack on another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. A sacrifice fly by Ayers and an RBI single by Mark Vaughn in the top of the ninth pulled the Wonder Boys within 10-8. Arkansas Tech had the tying runs on base with two outs when OBU reliever Lance Cullum snagged a line drive off the bat of Tech’s John Lassiter to end the game. Cullum (2-2) allowed two runs on three hits over three innings. Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Zach Skelton (0-2) allowed eight runs on seven hits over one and one-third innings. Norris and Jace Melby recorded three base hits apiece for the Tigers. Drew Feuerbacher, Melby and Faught all drove in two runs. Tech’s Ayers was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Bryan Heward, Castleberry and Wilson each contributed two hits. Game Three: OBU 4, Tech 1 Ouachita Baptist starting pitcher John Franklin Matros limited Arkansas Tech to two base hits and and his teammates came through with a pair of timely hits to give the Tigers a 4-1 win in the series finale on Saturday. Castleberry gave the Wonder Boys their first lead of the series with a first-inning home run. That was the only run Matros (2-0) would allow. He struck out four Arkansas Tech hitters over seven innings of work. Sinclair delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning and Miller drove in two runs with a single in the fifth to provide the Tigers with their run total. Aaron Johnson (0-1) started on the mound for the Wonder Boys and was charged with four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits in four innings. Ouachita Baptist improved to 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the GAC with the series sweep.]]>