Wonder Boys Baseball Closes Strong

Wonder Boys High Five File Photo

Arkansas Tech University played its best baseball of the truncated 2020 season at the end.

The Wonder Boys won five of their final six games to finish 10-12 overall and 6-6 in the Great American Conference.

Arkansas Tech took 2-of-3 games from East Central University during a GAC series at Carl Baswell Field in Russellville on Friday and Saturday.

The Wonder Boys won game one 8-5 and game three 12-10. ECU took the middle game 8-3.

Matt Robbins, Garrett Crews and Evan Hafley hit one home run apiece in the Wonder Boys’ game one victory. Crews and Hafley both drove in three runs.

Armando Romero (3-1) was named the winning pitcher in game one. He allowed three runs, all unearned, on four hits over four and two-thirds innings. Tristan Thomas came out of the bullpen to collect his first save of 2020.

Hafley was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in Garrett Kochakian went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and one RBI during game three.

Zack Strickland (1-2) was credited as the game three winning pitcher after working two-thirds of an inning in relief. Nick Kovar got the final three outs for his fourth save of the season.

Arkansas Tech defeated Christian Brothers University 15-1 at Nadicksbernd Field in Memphis, Tenn., in their final game of the season on Tuesday.

Robbins, Hafley and Drew Bailey all homered for the Wonder Boys.

ATU starting pitcher Shelby Quiggins (3-2) limited the Buccaneers to one run on two hits over five innings. He recorded seven strikeouts.

Arkansas Tech’s season was cut short on Thursday, March 12, when the Great American Conference, in accordance with measures taken by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 athletic season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.