Tech takes Tarleton State

HOUSTON, Texas — Senior Mike Kattula went 3-for-3, junior Kris Ayers went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while senior Zac Johnson and junior Patrick Castleberry each went 2-for-4 with one run as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (3-1) won 3-2 against the Tarleton State Texans (1-1) Tuesday night on the final day of the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Freshman Trent Armstrong took the win after pitching .2 innings of work.

The Wonder Boys will play a series against Missouri Western this coming Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9.

Poindexter’s walk-off preserves perfect start for UAM

HOUSTON, Texas – A three-run game-ending home run from senior D’Marco Poindexter into the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team a 6-3 win over Henderson State on Tuesday to preserve the team’s perfect start to the 2014 season.

The Reddies (0-4) tied the game a 3-all with two runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI ground out by Will Powell followed by an RBI double from Hunter Mayall. In the bottom of the ninth, UAM put runners on first and third with a pair of infield singles and a sacrifice bunt to set up Poindexter’s game-winning hit.

The Weevils (4-0) struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly from senior Ben Agredano, followed immediately with an RBI double from junior Austin Braddock.

Junior Jeff Harvill (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing the tying runs in the top of the ninth. Braddock kept the Reddies scoreless on only one hit in the first three innings of his first start as a Weevil. Sophomore Zach McKnight also held HSU scoreless in his 3.1 innings of relief, allowing five hits while striking out four and walking two.

Nick Vanthillo (0-1) took the loss for HSU after giving up all three runs and all three hits in the ninth.

Weather permitting, the Weevils are scheduled to host No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato this Saturday and Sunday in Monticello for a three-game series.

Wonder Boys defeat Reddies on Monday

HOUSTON, Texas — Senior James Sharp went 1-for-3 with two runs, while senior Mason Reynolds and freshman Nate Rutherford combined to strike out six batters as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (2-1) defeated the Henderson State Reddies (0-3) 5-4 on day three of the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Henderson State put the first run on the board after a double from Mayall in the top of the second inning. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third that the Wonder Boys would put a run on the board. Sharp batted second and was hit by a pitch. Senior Sage Boehner singled to right field advancing Sharp to second. It was senior Chance Scarmardo’s turn to bat and he reached first on an error as Sharp ran home to tie up the game 1-1.

The Reddies tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth and one more in the top of the fifth to give them a 4-1 lead over the Wonder Boys. In the bottom of the fifth, Sharp scored to pull within 4-2.

The two teams traded a scoreless sixth inning. Going into the bottom of the seventh, Boehner batted first and drew a walk followed by Scamardo and senior Zac Johnson who both drew walks. After a wild pitch from the Reddies pitcher R. Thomas, all three advanced one base and Boehner scored. On a sacrifice fly from junior Kris Ayers, Scamardo scored and Zac Johnson advanced to third. With a RBI single from senior Jay Johnson, the Wonder Boys would take a 5-4 lead.

Freshman Nate Rutherford (1-0) took the win after allowing only one run on two hits in three innings of work.

UAM downs No. 19 Central Missouri

HOUSTON, Texas – The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team picked up its second straight victory over a nationally-ranked team with a 4-2 win over No. 19 Central Missouri on Monday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

With UAM (3-0) leading 4-1 after three innings, both teams were held scoreless in the next four complete innings before UCM (1-2) rallied in the eighth to get three runners on, but only managed one run on an double from Barrett Noirfalise just before the Mules loaded the bases on a pair of walks.

Junior designated hitter Austin Braddock opened the scoring with a solo homerun to left field in the top of the first inning. The Weevils added three more in the second, highlighted by a two-run double by senior D’Marco Poindexter, his first hit of the 2014 season.

Poindexter moved to third and sophomore Evan Comeau crossed the plate from third base in the next at bat on a wild pitch from UCM starter Kurtis Schuyler to give UAM a 4-0 lead.

Senior Kade Garlington (1-0) earned the win, allowing one run off three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in the first six innings.

Junior Jeff Harvill picked up the save after getting the Weevils out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth and keeping UCM off the board in the ninth as well.

Wonder Boys roll to 10-1 win

HOUSTON, Texas — Senior Mike Kattula went 3-for-5 with one run, four RBIs, and a home run, while senior James Sharp went 1-for-3 with two RBIs as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys baseball team (1-1) rolled to a 10-1 win over Winona State (1-1) Sunday at the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Senior Sage Boehner started off the top of the first with a double down the right field line. Senior Zac Johnson followed with another double to score Boehner. Kattula homered for an RBI double. The final point in the first for the Wonder Boys came off a single from junior Keenan Jumper. Going into the second inning, the Wonder Boys led 4-0.

Sophomore Zach Skelton (1-0) took the win for the Wonder Boys after tossing 6.2 innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, five walks, and struck out eight.

Central Missouri limit Reddies to three hits

HOUSTON, Texas — Henderson State managed just three hits as No. 19 Central Missouri defeated the Reddies 13-0, Sunday at the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.

Lee Richardson, Jay Hawley and Ashton Roberts were the lone Reddies with singles, while the Mules collected 11 hits and took advantage of seven walks off of four Henderson State pitchers.

The Mules, 1-1 on the season, took a 6-0 lead, plating six runs in the second inning with the help of a pair of two-run singles by Trevor Jones and Tony Sandifer.

UCM added three more runs in the third and four more runs in the bottom of the sixth while the Reddies struggled with the Mule pitching staff.

Jake Heissler picked up the win tossing five innings and striking out six Reddie batters.

Jon Luthe (0-1) took the loss for Henderson State (0-2) giving up nine runs, eight earned, on six hits in 2.1 innings.