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Wonder Boys Survive and Advance in Enid

Image of The Wonder Boys got RBI singles from Thomas Biocic and Zac Johnson, and they took advantage of two SAU errors to score four runs in the top of the first inning. The Muleriders (37-15) benefited from two Arkansas Tech errors in the bottom of the third inning and pushed three runs across to pull within 4-3. When Southern Arkansas' Brady Capshaw was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Muleriders tied the score at 4-4. Then came the turning point in the game. Taylor (photographed) battled out of the bases loaded, none out situation without allowing another run. He induced a pop out, a strikeout and a fielder's choice to end the inning and preserve the tie. It was the beginning of a string of 14 consecutive batters retired by Taylor. Cole Fergus put the Wonder Boys back in front with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning that drove in James Sharp and gave Tech a 5-4 lead. Taylor made it stand up from there, pitching around a two-out single by Jason Dahl in the bottom of the ninth by striking out Chris Quinn to end the game. With his complete-game win, Taylor joined David Grimes (10 wins in 1987), Kevin Crafton (12 wins in 1995), Teddy Willing (10 wins in 2004) and Josh Floriani (10 wins in 2010) as the only Wonder Boys pitchers to ever win 10 or more games in a season. Taylor threw 147 pitches on Sunday, 90 of them for strikes. He allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on six hits. The right-handed junior from Olathe, Kansas, recorded 10 strikeouts. SAU starting pitcher Philip Menou (8-4) surrendered five runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits over seven and one-third innings. Arkansas Tech second baseman Cesar Abreu picked up his second multiple-hit game of the 2013 GAC Tournament by going 2-for-5.]]>