ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Ryan Taylor improved to 4-2 on the season after allowing two runs in 7.1 innings of work, while Patrick Castleberry and James Sharp picked up two hits apiece as the No. 4 Wonder Boys (34-8, 20-5 Great American Conference) took a 7-2 win against Henderson State (17-24, 11-14 GAC) on Friday at Clyde Berry Field.
The win is Arkansas Tech's 15th consecutive victory, extending the school-record winning streak. The 20th conference win ties a school record for conference wins, set back in 1994 and 1995, when the Wonder Boys won 20 games in the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. Tech is one win away from tying the school record of 35 wins, set in 2010, head coach Dave Dawson's first season at the helm of the Wonder Boys program.
After Sage Boehner was hit by a pitch on the very first pitch of the contest, Castleberry brought home the first run of the game with a one-out triple, putting the Tech lead at 1-0 before the Reddies came to bat. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Henderson knotted the game at 1-1 on an RBI grounder and took a 2-1 lead after Conner Brackhahn's RBI single.
Boehner's leadoff double followed by a looping single to center by Chance Scamardo gave Arkansas Tech runners at first and second with none out in the third inning, and after a flyout by Castleberry, Kris Ayers just beat out a potentially inning-ending double-play ball, putting runners on the corners with two out.
Ayers' fleet feet kept the inning alive, and one hitter later, Zac Johnson put the Wonder Boys on top for good, smashing a three-run homer that gave Arkansas Tech a 4-2 lead.
Tech added a run in the sixth on a wild pitch, and then added two more in the ninth, scoring a run on an RBI single by Keenan Jumper and adding the final run as Ayers scored on a rundown.
The Reddies loaded the bases in the ninth, but were unable to plate a run, and the Wonder Boys clinched the win.
Jake Bell entered the game in relief in the eighth, facing one batter and inducing a double play, while Ethan Crocker closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth.