Arkansas Tech defeated Harding 7-3 in game one of a doubleheader at Jerry Moore Field in Searcy on Sunday for its 34th baseball win of the season, tying the school record for baseball victories in a season.
The Wonder Boys (34-16 overall, 14-6 Gulf South Conference) tied the school record set by the 1994 Wonder Boys, who won 34 games.
Tech left-hander Blaine Sims (6-3) pitched seven innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. Addison Rayford pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the win.
Chad Wynn was 3-for-4, Matt Johnson drove in two runs, Chris Reese scored three runs and Tyler Taunton had two hits in the Wonder Boys’ game-one win.
Tech missed out on its first opportunity to break the school record for wins when Harding beat the Wonder Boys 5-0 in the nightcap.
Freshman Lucas Waddell tossed a four-hit shutout for the Bisons (25-24, 9-11), who needed the win to finish the season with an overall winning record.
Anthony Guglielmi hit a three-run home run for Harding and the Bisons turned their first triple play since 2007 in the victory.
Harding took 2-of-3 games from the Wonder Boys in what was the final regular season GSC series of 2010 for both teams. The Bisons won Saturday’s series opener 13-3.
Arkansas Tech was scheduled to host College of the Ozarks (Mo.) on Tuesday, but that has been cancelled.
The Wonder Boys will next travel to Millington, Tenn., for the GSC Tournament. It will be Tech’s first appearance in the baseball postseason since 2007.
The Wonder Boys, No. 2 seed from the GSC West, will face North Alabama at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, in the first round of the 2010 GSC Tournament at USA Stadium.
Russellville radio station KCAB 980 AM and www.athletics.atu.edu will have a live play-by-play description of the events.