Muleriders Top Wonder Boys in Series Opener

Southern Arkansas took the opener of a three-game series at Goodheart Field in Magnolia by defeating the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 12-2 in Great American Conference baseball on Friday night.

The Muleriders (30-14 overall, 15-7 GAC) notched 13 base hits as they improved to 19-4 in their last 23 games and 15-2 at home this season.

Jason Dahl was 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and Brady Capshaw finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Southern Arkansas.

David Allday and Philip Menou both had two hits and two RBIs for the Muleriders, while Ryan Dardenne was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

SAU’s Allday, Menou and Rafael Thomas hit one home run each.

Thomas Biocic hit a solo home run for Arkansas Tech (25-23, 13-9) in the top of the eighth inning.

The Wonder Boys’ only other run scored when Cesar Abreu was hit by a pitch in the second inning, forcing home Nate Wilder.

Doug Shields (8-1) threw his sixth complete game of the season for Southern Arkansas. He held Tech to one earned run on eight hits while striking out three.

Aaron Luchterhand (5-6) was the losing pitcher. He was charged with six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings. It was the shortest outing of the season for Luchterhand.

The Wonder Boys and the Muleriders will conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Goodheart Field in Magnolia.

Both of those games can be heard on KCAB 980 AM.

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