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Arkansas Tech Bats Stay Hot in 14-6 Win

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Arkansas Tech continued its best stretch of hitting the baseball in more than six years on Tuesday night with a 14-6 non-conference victory over the Northeastern State RiverHawks at Tech Field in Russellville.

The Wonder Boys (24-13) came from behind twice in the early innings and took the lead for good by scoring four runs in the bottom of the third.

It was Arkansas Tech's fifth consecutive win and the fifth straight loss for Northeastern State (5-28).

Arkansas Tech has scored 10 or more runs in five consecutive games. It is the longest such streak for the Wonder Boys since they had another string of five straight games with 10-plus runs from March 5, 2005, through March 12, 2005.

Tech has recorded 10 or more hits in six consecutive games and in 16 of its last 17 outings, including a 17-hit performance against the RiverHawks on Tuesday night.

Nick Makris led the Wonder Boys' offensive attack on Tuesday. He was 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs batted in and three runs scored.

Matt Johnson went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.

Reigning Gulf South Conference West Division player of the week Colt Loehrs went 3-for-6 with a run scored, while Chris Reese, Josh Riley and Danny Higginbotham  added two hits apiece. Riley and Higginbotham both drove in two runs.

Arkansas Tech relief pitcher Tyler Dowse (3-2) was credited with the win. He held Northeastern State scoreless over three and two-third innings. Dowse allowed one hit and notched two strikeouts. Relievers Ethan Crocker and Nate Wilder combined to get the final six outs for the Wonder Boys.

Northeastern State starting pitcher Taylor Ferguson (0-4) took the loss. He was knocked around for seven runs on seven hits in two and two-third innings. The RiverHawks went through a total of seven pitchers on Tuesday night.

Marcus Terry recorded three base hits for NSU. Noah Ringenberger and Dan Skelly added two RBIs each.

The Wonder Boys will return to GSC play this weekend with a three-game series at Delta State. The two sides will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.

All three games will be played at Ferriss Field in Cleveland, Miss.

Saturday's games can be heard in the Arkansas River Valley on KWKK 100.9 FM. The Sunday contest will be broadcast by KCAB 980 AM.

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