Tech Swings its Way to Sweep of Bearcats

Arkansas Tech hitters collected 24 base hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats at Tech Field in Russellville on Sunday.

The Wonder Boys (11-5) got key home runs from Tyler Shaw in both games.

Shaw’s first home run of the season — a 3-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning of game one — gave Tech the lead for good in an 11-5 win over the Bearcats.

His second 3-run homer of the day was the biggest blow in a five-run sixth inning as the Wonder Boys broke open a tie game and went on to an 8-4 victory in the nightcap.

Shaw finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.

Dustin Thomas (1-0) was the winning pitcher in game one. He allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits over six and one-third innings.

Josh Floriani (4-0) came on in relief to pitch the final two innings of game two and earn the victory. Five of the six outs he recorded were by strike out.

Tech’s Nick Makris was 3-for-6 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored during Sunday’s twin bill. Colt Loehrs was 3-for-6 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Chad Wynn, Clint Stroud and Matt Johnson added three hits apiece on the day.

The Wonder Boys will play three games at the Heffington Optical Festival in Springfield, Mo., next weekend. Tech will open its portion of the event with a 2:30 p.m. game against Missouri S&T on Friday.