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Tech, HU Split on Final Day of Regular Season

Image of Harding took the nightcap 2-1 to lock up its fourth postseason berth in the last six years. Game One: Arkansas Tech 5, Harding 2 Arkansas Tech's Ryan Taylor pitched his third complete game of the season to lead Arkansas Tech to a 5-2 win over Harding in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. Taylor (9-3) allowed two runs on eight hits over nine innings. The Bisons brought the potential tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Taylor was able to pitch out of trouble and win his fourth consecutive start. Thomas Biocic went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Zac Johnson and Drew Stanton drove in two runs apiece and Jonathan Finnegan went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Wonder Boys. Harding starting pitcher Lucas Waddell (4-4) allowed five runs on seven hits over eight innings and was saddled with the loss. Billy Ninemire was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Bisons. Game Two: Harding 2, Arkansas Tech 1 Gabe Fyock's diving stop at shortstop and throw to get Kenny Spencer at first base for the final out of the game preserved a 2-1 Harding victory over Arkansas Tech in Sunday's nightcap. The win put the Bisons into the postseason and eliminated Southeastern Oklahoma State from contention for a berth in the GAC Tournament. Harding starting pitcher Hayden Shirley (8-4) allowed just one run on two hits over five and two-thirds innings. Josh Spears came out of the Bisons' bullpen to record the final four outs and his sixth save of the season. Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Jake Bell (6-2) was tagged with the loss after he allowed two runs on five hits over four innings. Ethan Crocker, Colt Burns and Zach Skelton combined to pitch three shutout innings of relief for the Wonder Boys. Kyle Atkins and Ninemire both drove in a run for Harding. Biocic drove in Tech's lone run on a sixth-inning RBI single.  ]]>