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ENID, Okla. (ATU) - Ryan Taylor scattered six hits over nine innings, allowing four runs, one earned, and fanning ten, while Cesar Abreu and Thomas Biocic both turned in two-hit performances as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (32-20) took advantage of a four-run first inning to pick up a 5-4 win over no. 14 Southern Arkansas (37-15) on Sunday at the Great American Conference Championship.
The Wonder Boys will play Harding University in an elimination contest at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Thomas Biocic put Tech on the board in the first inning, using an RBI single to plate the game's first run. An RBI single by Zac Johnson gave Tech a 2-0 lead, and then Tech extended its lead to 4-0 on a two-run error, giving the Wonder Boys a commanding lead before the Muleriders stepped to the plate.
SAU rallied in the bottom of the third, using two hits and two errors to score three runs, pulling to within 4-3. The Muleriders knotted the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, as Brady Capshaw was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The two teams traded scoreless frames in the sixth, with the Wonder Boys reclaiming the lead on a Cole Fergus sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.
Meanwhile, after allowing the run in the fifth, Taylor retired the next 14 hitters he faced, allowing just a single in the ninth, holding off the Muleriders for the win.
Taylor improved to 10-3 on the season, while SAU's Philip Menou suffered the loss, falling to 8-4 on the season.