Wonder Boys Win NCAA Tourney Opener

www.arkansastechsports.com will have the play-by-play description. Tech starting pitcher Ryan Taylor (6-2) limited Augustana to one run on three hits over eight innings. Taylor struck out seven Vikings. Augustana used a single and two walks to load the bases with one out in the top of the ninth. The Vikings plated one run on a sacrifice fly by Brian Duxbury, but Tech closer Randy Vallejo got pinch-hitter T.J. Davis to fly out to right field to end the game. It was Vallejo’s 18th save of the season, which is double the previous school record for saves in a single year. Kris Ayers sparked the decisive rally for Arkansas Tech in the bottom of the seventh inning. His double into left-center field was followed by an RBI single from Zac Johnson. The Wonder Boys took a 2-1 lead. A pair of walks loaded the bases. James Sharp was hit by a pitch to force Johnson home and make it 3-1. Sage Boehner drove in the third and final run of the inning on a fielder’s choice. It was Boehner’s second RBI of the night. He also drove in a run on a ground out in the third inning. Augustana starting pitcher Kye Winter (8-2) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits over six and one-third innings. The Vikings (40-15) will face the University of Arkansas-Monticello (36-16) in an elimination game at Tech Field at noon on Friday.]]>