Arkansas Tech University used an eighth-inning rally to defeat Northeastern State University 4-1 in non-conference baseball at Tech Field in Russellville on Tuesday night.
The Wonder Boys (7-10) trailed 1-0 after seven-and-a-half innings, but a pair of RiverHawk errors in the bottom of the eighth opened the door for Arkansas Tech’s comeback.
Connor Brady scored the tying run on an NSU error and Marcus Wilson scored the go-ahead run courtesy of a fielder’s choice off the bat of Mark Vaughn.
Josh Watkins provided the Wonder Boys with a 4-1 cushion on a two-run double down the right field line.
Arkansas Tech closer Jesse Harbin pitched around a single and a walk to start the top of the ninth inning to work a scoreless frame. It was his fourth save of the season.
Geoffrey Birkemeier (1-0) was credited as the winning pitcher. He allowed one unearned run in four innings of relief, striking out eight RiverHawks along the way.
NSU reliever Bobby Sehgal (0-1) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits over three innings.
The Wonder Boys will host Southern Nazarene University for a three-game Great American Conference series at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Live statistics and live video will be available at www.arkansastechsports.com.