Arkansas Tech will look to stay at the top end of a tightly-packed field in the Gulf South Conference West Division baseball race when the Wonder Boys host Christian Brothers University for a three-game series at Tech Field in Russellville this weekend. The Wonder Boys (22-11 overall, 4-1 GSC) and the Buccaneers (4-23, 0-5) will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be free. Russellville radio station KCAB 980 AM will have the play-by-play call of all three games.
Click here to access an Internet stream of those broadcasts. Arkansas Tech is in second place in the GSC West Division standings. The Wonder Boys are just one game behind nationally fourth-ranked Southern Arkansas (24-3, 5-0) for first place with one month left in the regular season. But in a division where second place and sixth place are separated by just two games, the margin for error is small. That is why it is important for Arkansas Tech to take care of business this weekend against a Christian Brothers team that has lost 18 consecutive games. The Buccaneers rank last in the GSC in team batting average (.269) and team earned run average (9.65). They are next-to-last in team fielding percentage (.943). The Wonder Boys have surged into the GSC West title hunt behind the league’s most potent offense.
Tech leads the GSC in team batting average (.343), runs batted in (250), doubles (63), triples (13), runs scored (297) and stolen bases (100). No other GSC team has more than 58 stolen bases in 2010.
The regular season series between Arkansas Tech and Christian Brothers has seen one side sweep the other in each of the last three years. The Wonder Boys swept the Buccaneers in 2007 and 2009, while CBU came to Russellville and took both games in a rain-shortened series in 2008.
Tech has won 13 of the last 17 games in the series, and the Wonder Boys are 28-9 all-time against Christian Brothers.]]>