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Baseball: College Round-Up for Feb. 22

Wonder Boys hit past Hawks

RUSSELLVILLE — Junior Patrick Castleberry went 2-for-3 with two hits, two RBIs, and one homerun, while six other Wonder Boys had at least one hit as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (9-2) hit past the Quincy University Hawks (0-1) 6-5 Friday afternoon at Tech Field.

In the top of the ninth, Randy Vallejo came in as a relief pitcher. After three quick outs, the Wonder Boys won the game 6-5.

Senior Jake Bell (1-0) would take the win and gave up only one hit and one run, while throwing five strikeouts. Vallejo earned his fourth save of the season as a relief pitcher.

The Wonder Boys will return to Tech Field today for a noon game against Quincy and a 3 p.m. game against St. Cloud to follow.

ECU score 10 in seventh to top Henderson State

ADA, Okla. — East Central Oklahoma scored 10 runs in the seventh-inning to run-rule Henderson State 12-1, Friday in Great American Conference baseball action in Ada, Okla.

Henderson State (2-9 overall, 2-2 GAC) managed just two hits off of ECU starter Lucas Kaplan.

The right-hander struck out eight Reddie batters and went the distance to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Colton Lorance pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Reddies before running into trouble in the seventh as the Tigers put together three hits and scored a pair of runs to end Lorance’s day.

Henderson’s lone run came in the sixth inning on a Matt Evans single to centerfield that scored Hunter Mayall who walked and stole second.

Lee Richardson had Henderson’s other hit, breaking up Kaplan’s bid for a no-hitter in the fifth-inning.

The two teams will play a double-header Saturday at noon to finish the series.

UALR continues to shutdown foes

LITTLE ROCK – The UALR baseball team continued its hot start on Friday afternoon, equaling a feat not seen at Gary Hogan Field since 1999.

The Trojans moved to 5-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Bradley in the first game of their three-game weekend series. Friday marked the first time in coach Scott Norwood’s tenure that one of his teams started a season with five straight wins.

The Trojans have now recorded two consecutive shutouts and have not allowed a run in the last 25 innings.

Travis McDonald (2-0, 0.79 ERA) pitched a strong 6.1 innings and recorded six strikeouts for the win, and UALR got key hits from Hayden Martin and Tanner Rockwell to hand the Braves (3-1) their first loss on the season.

McDonald helped set the pace early, retiring Bradley’s first 11 hitters in order and picking up three strikeouts in that span before allowing a single up the middle with two outs in the fourth.

Brent Mason ended the game for UALR, recording his third save of the season. He allowed the first two runners to reach before inducing a double play and a fly out to left field.

The Trojans and Braves resume their weekend series Saturday at 3 p.m.

Harding opens GAC with record-setting win

BETHANY, Okla. — Trailing 7-1 after three innings, things looked bleak for the Harding baseball team in its Great American Conference opener against Southern Nazarene. That was until the Bisons scored four in the fourth and sent 18 batters to the plate during a 12-run fifth inning en route to a 25-9 victory over the Crimson Storm.

The game was called after seven innings due to the NCAA’s 10-run rule.

Harding’s 25 runs tied the most ever by a Great American Conference team and were the second-most runs ever scored by a Bison team. The record is 36 runs against University of the Ozarks in 1999.

All nine starters had at least one RBI. Harding had 19 hits, walked nine times, and four batters hit by pitches.

Senior Matt Calhoun was 4-for-6 with four runs and five RBI. He hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth and a three-run home run in the 12-run fifth. Senior Erin McCarver was 4-for-6 with three runs, three RBI, a triple and a home run.

Harding’s fourth home run came from sophomore Davis Richardson, who was 2-for-5 with two runs and six RBI.

Senior James Anderson was a perfect 5-for-5, scored six runs, drove in three more, and tied a Harding record with three doubles.

Sophomore Kyler Offenbacker also tied a school record with four walks.

Harding starting pitcher Cameron Walker (1-0) earned his first win of the season. He pitched 5.0 innings and allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. He walked three and struck out three. Senior Bronson Smith pitched two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts.

The teams meet again in a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

Bears pound out 12 hits in win

ABILENE, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas Bears pounded out 12 hits, three from Tyler Langley, and held off the Abilene Christian Wildcats 6-4 in non-conference baseball action on Friday at Crutcher Scott Field.

UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing three earned runs. Chris Caudle went 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Ben Ancheff pitched the ninth for his second save.

The Bears (2-3) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but came back with a three-run third inning and never trailed again.

Tyler Langley, who went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI, added an run-scoring double in the seventh, scoring Ferrell with UCA’s final run. The Wilcats (3-1) put across two runs in the seventh inning to end Biggerstaff’s night, but Caudle came in and got out of the jam.

Doug Votolato, Nick Ferrell and Scott Zimmerle all had two hits for the Bears.

UCA will face New Jersey Institute of Technology at 11 a.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday.

A-State falls to Illinois State

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State baseball suffered its second straight loss of the season Friday night with a 4-3 setback against Illinois State Friday night at Tomlinson Stadium.

A-State (3-2) pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Austin Baker reached base with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a balk and then scored on passed ball to cut the deficit to one run. Matt Burgess also reached base in the inning, but was left stranded.

In the bottom of the ninth, Baker reached with a two-out walk but Burgess struck out to end to the comeback threat and had Arkansas State its second loss of the season.

Bradley Wallace took the loss after giving up four runs in four innings of work. He also had five strikeouts and walked just one to move to 1-1 on the year.

Stuart Levy went 2-for-4 on the night with one RBI, while Burgess was 1-for-3 with one RBI. Dustin Jones, Zach George, Lucas Feddersen and Ty Michelotti each had one hit on the night.

Arkansas State will return to the diamond for a doubleheader with Illinois State on Saturday Feb. 22. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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