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Postseason Begins Saturday for Wonder Boys

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http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php. The Wonder Boys have not captured a postseason championship in baseball since 1985, when they won the NAIA District 17 title. There have been close calls since then, including a runner-up finish at the 2001 Gulf South Conference Tournament, advancing to the semifinals of the 2011 GSC Tournament and reaching the penultimate day of the 2012 GAC Tournament. The depth of Arkansas Tech’s pitching staff in 2013 gives the Wonder Boys a chance to break through that postseason barrier and compete for the title at the GAC Tournament. Arkansas Tech has received effective starting pitching from juniors Ryan Taylor (9-3, 2.68 earned run average), Mason Reynolds (3-5, 4.55 ERA), Jake Bell (6-2, 4.98 ERA) and Danny Parker (4-4, 5.36 ERA) this season. Juniors Boone Weiss and Ethan Crocker have combined for 12 saves out of the Wonder Boys’ bullpen. Second baseman Cesar Abreu is the catalyst for the Arkansas Tech line-up. The senior lead-off hitter from the Dominican Republic has a batting average of .395, 32 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases in 2013. The Wonder Boys won 2-of-3 games in their final two regular season GAC series of the year, including a series victory over their first-round opponent in the postseason. Tech took 2-of-3 contests from Henderson State during a league series at Tech Field in Russellville April 19-20. The Wonder Boys also defeated the Reddies 9-3 in a non-conference game on Feb. 19. Henderson State struggled during the final month of the regular season, posting a record of 3-13 in April. The Reddies are led by senior outfielder Zac Zdanowicz, who is hitting .391 with two home runs and 18 RBIs this season. Other first-round games at the GAC Baseball Tournament on Saturday will pit top-seeded Southern Arkansas University (36-14) against sixth-seeded Harding University (27-20) at noon and No. 2 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State University (31-14) against No. 5 seed University of Arkansas at Monticello (29-18) at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the Arkansas Tech-HSU game will face the winner of the SWOSU-UAM contest at 7 p.m. Sunday. The loser of the Arkansas Tech-HSU game will face the winner of the SAU-HU game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Sunday’s game involving Arkansas Tech can also be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM and http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php. The tournament is scheduled to continue in Enid through Tuesday.]]>