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Pollard’s Walk-Off Highlights Weekend Series

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Missouri Western State University took 2-of-3 games from Arkansas Tech University during a non-conference baseball series at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday and Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (2-5) were scheduled to visit Henderson State University for a non-conference contest at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but that game was canceled due to rain.

Arkansas Tech will return to action on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, with a three-game Great American Conference series against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.

Game One: Tech 5, MWSU 4

Shane Pollard's walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Arkansas Tech a 5-4 victory over Missouri Western in the series opener on Friday night.

The Wonder Boys forced the extra inning when Michael Post scored on a Missouri Western error in the bottom of the ninth.

After Branden Bohuslav retired the Griffons in order in the top of the 10th, Parker O'Dell singled for Tech to begin the last of the 10th. Connor Brady moved O'Dell into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Pollard singled through the right side to drive O'Dell in with the winning run.

Bohuslav (1-0) required just 11 pitches to work a perfect top of the 10th. He struck out one.

Missouri Western reliever Donald Wanner (0-2) was saddled with the loss.

Game Two: MWSU 12, Tech 5

Missouri Western rapped out 17 base hits, including seven for extra bases, in a 12-5 win over Arkansas Tech in game one of a Saturday doubleheader.

Connor Simpson and Dusty Stroup had three base hits apiece for the Griffons, while Ryan Smith and David Glaude both drove in three runs.

MWSU starting pitcher Nate Hunter (1-1) allowed one run on three hits over five innings to earn the win on the mound.

Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Isaac Hale (0-2) was charged with five runs on eight hits in three innings.

Game Three: MWSU 3, Tech 0

Richard Peoples pitched a two-hit shutout to lead Missouri Western to a 3-0 victory over Arkansas Tech in the series finale on Saturday.

Peoples (1-1) struck out five batters and ended the game with three consecutive 1-2-3 innings.

Trent Armstrong (0-1) started on the mound for the Wonder Boys and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits over five and one-third innings.

Jeremy Alvarado, Logan Marston and Stroup had one RBI each for the Griffons.