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Statesmen Take Series Finale From Tech

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Delta State's Kellen Bozeman hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs to lead the Statesmen to a 15-11 win over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in the finale of a three-game Gulf South Conference series at Ferriss Field in Cleveland, Miss.

The loss knocked Arkansas Tech (25-15 overall, 11-4 GSC) out of a tie for first place in the GSC West Division standings with two weekends of regular season play remaining.

The Wonder Boys and the Statesmen (26-15, 11-4) are tied for second place, one game in back off front-running Harding (35-8, 12-3).

DSU took 2-of-3 games during the weekend series.

Delta State led 10-2 after three innings on Sunday, but Arkansas Tech got back in the game with six runs in the top of the fourth.

Madison Beaird delivered a two-run single and Nick Makris came through with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning to put the Wonder Boys in front 11-10.

Delta State responded with back-to-back RBI singles from Brent Kakwitch and Cameron Robulack in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good at 12-11.

Michael Niemann's sacrifice fly and Bozeman's two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth increased the Statesmen's advantage to 15-11 and provided DSU relief pitcher David Mooney with some insurance.

Mooney (2-1) pitched four and two-third innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. He allowed four hits and struck out three.

Todd Immell (1-1), one of five Arkansas Tech pitchers to work on Sunday, took the loss. He gave up five runs, four of which were earrned, on eight hits in four and two-third innings.

Tech's Matt Johnson extended his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games by going 4-for-5 with a run batted in and four runs scored.

Landon Sullins (photographed) was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs for the Wonder Boys, while Madison Beaird and Josh Riley added three hits apiece. Nate Wilder went 2-for-4 with two runs driven in and two scored. Chris Reese scored two runs for Arkansas Tech.

Bozeman's home run in the sixth completed his cycle. He already had a triple, a double and a single.

In addition to Bozeman's big day, Robulack drove in four runs for Delta State.

The Wonder Boys will return home to host Henderson State for a three-game GSC series at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23.

The series will begin with a single 9-inning game at 7 p.m.  Friday. That game can be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM in the Russellville area.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

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