Wonder Boys Win GAC Baseball Opening Series

Arkansas Tech University began the Great American Conference portion of its 2020 baseball schedule by taking 2-of-3 games from Ouachita Baptist University at Carl Baswell Field in Russellville on Saturday and Sunday.

The Wonder Boys (3-7 overall, 2-1 GAC) will visit Henderson State University for a three-game GAC series at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Live coverage will be available at www.arkansastechsports.com.

Game One: ATU 8, OBU 4

A five-run outburst in the seventh inning propelled Arkansas Tech to an 8-4 victory over Ouachita Baptist in the series opener on Saturday.

A Tigers’ error allowed the Wonder Boys to break a 2-2 tie when Tristan Thomas raced home with no one out in the bottom of the seventh.

After the next two hitters were retired, ATU’s Drew Bailey came through with a two-out, two-run single. Garrett Crews followed with a two-run double and the Wonder Boys went to the eighth inning with an insurmountable 7-2 lead.

Armando Romero (2-0) pitched five innings in relief to earn the win on the mound. He limited Ouachita to two runs on three hits and struck out seven Tigers.

Game Two: ATU 2, OBU 0

Hayes Cox and Nick Kovar combined on a three-hit shutout to lift Arkansas Tech University over Ouachita Baptist University 2-0 in Saturday’s second game.

Cox (1-2) pitched the first six innings and notched five strikeouts. Kovar got the final three outs for his second save of the season.

Evan Hafley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

Game Three: OBU 7, ATU 5

C.W. Schrader’s go-ahead solo home run in the top of the ninth inning helped Ouachita Baptist salvage game three of the series 7-5 against Arkansas Tech University on Sunday.

Cooper Timmons (1-0) pitched one and two-thirds innings in relief to collect the win for the Tigers. Logan Honeycutt earned his second save of the season by retiring ATU in the bottom of the ninth.

Hafley drove in two runs for the Wonder Boys, including his team-leading third home run of the season.