Wonder Boys Drum Boll Weevils

Arkansas Tech battered Arkansas-Monticello pitchers for 40 base hits and the Wonder Boys cruised to a doubleheader sweep of the Boll Weevils in Monticello on Saturday.

Tech (17-11 overall, 5-0 Gulf South Conference) won by scores of 14-1 and 19-7 to remain undefeated in GSC West Division action and tied with Delta State for first place in the GSC West standings.

Arkansas Tech scored at least one run in 13 of the 16 innings played on Saturday.

The two sides will conclude their weekend series with a single 9-inning game in Monticello at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Landon Sullins led the Wonder Boys’ attack in game one by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored one a run batted in. Matt Johnson went 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs.

Josh Riley, Nate Wilder, Danny Higginbotham and Chris Reese had two hits apiece for the Wonder Boys. Wilder hit a home run and had three RBIs. Reese drove in two. Tech’s Nick Makris hit a solo home run.

Cody Hatman (1-0) started on the mound for the Wonder Boys and limited UAM to just one run on two hits over seven and one-third innings.

Game two played out much like the opener. Arkansas Tech hit four home runs — one each by Johnson, Riley, Michael Rezin and Madison Beaird — and recorded a total of 12 extra-base hits in the nightcap.

Johnson, Reese and Makris had three hits apiece for the Wonder Boys in game two. Sullins, Riley, Beaird, Danny Higginbotham and Cody Carpenter had two hits each.

Rezin put an exclamation mark on the day with a pinch-hit grand slam to center field in the top of the sixth inning.

Danny Parker (5-2) went the distance on the mound for Arkansas Tech and was credited with the win.

Arkansas-Monticello fell to 9-14 overall and 0-5 in GSC play with the losses on Saturday.