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Tech Winning Streak Reaches Nine Games

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Game One: Tech 7, NWOSU 2 Arkansas Tech hitters belted three home runs and starting pitcher Mason Reynolds remained undefeated in 2014 as the Wonder Boys earned a 7-2 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State in the series opener on Friday. Sage Boehner, Patrick Castleberry and Mike Kattula each hit a two-run home run for Arkansas Tech. Reynolds (4-0) limited the Rangers to one run on five hits while striking out four over seven innings. Trent Armstrong came out of the bullpen to get the final six outs for Arkansas Tech. Game Two: Tech 20, NWOSU 15 Arkansas Tech built a big early lead and then held on for a 20-15 win in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday at Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Wonder Boys led 7-0 after three innings. Tech nearly ended the game early due to the 10-run lead after seven innings mercy rule, but the Rangers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within 16-8. Arkansas Tech tacked on four runs in the top of the ninth inning, and those proved to be valuable insurance runs when Northwestern Oklahoma State scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. The game saw 36 base hits and four errors. The two sides combined to utilize the services of 11 different pitchers. Tech starting pitcher Aaron Johnson (5-3) earned the win on the mound. He allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits over six innings. Boehner was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and Kattula was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to pace the Wonder Boys' offensive attack. John Lassiter had four base hits. Lassiter, Jay Johnson and Kris Ayers drove in two runs apiece. Game Three: Tech 5, NWOSU 0 Ryan Taylor gave a dominant pitching performance to help Arkansas Tech complete the series sweep with a 5-0 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State in the series finale on Saturday. Taylor (3-2) tossed a three-hit shutout. He struck out 11 Ranger batters and did not walk any as he faced just two batters over the minimum in the seven-inning game. Ayers was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Wonder Boys. Kattula and Lassiter both drove in one run.]]>