It would be difficult to imagine any two baseball games that could be more different than the ones that were played at Tech Field in Russellville on Saturday.
The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys hit four home runs and blistered Northwest Missouri State pitching in a 21-13 Tech win in game one.
Game two saw Northwest Missouri State pitcher Chris Green come within two outs of throwing a no-hitter as the Bearcats took an 8-0 decision.
The Wonder Boys (9-5) and the Bearcats (2-7) will play games three and four of their weekend series beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tech Field.
Landon Sullins homered twice and Nick Makris and Clint Stroud both went deep once in Tech’s game one win on Saturday.
Lead-off hitter Chad Wynn (photographed) was 4-for-6 with five RBIs. Joe Walton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, while Sullins and Stroud finished with three hits apiece. Colt Loehrs and Matt Johnson both knocked in two runs.
Tech relief pitcher Zach Thomas (1-0) worked four and one-third innings to earn the victory on the mound.
Northwest Missouri State’s Green (1-1) was the story in the nightcap. He did not allow a Wonder Boys hit until Stroud delivered a one-out single to center field in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
That was Tech’s only hit in game two after it collected 20 hits in game one.
Trevor Conner and Evan Connell drove in two runs apiece for the Bearcats in their win.