RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU) - Senior Mike Kattula went 3-for-5 with two runs, five RBIs, and one homerun in the first game, senior Sage Boehner totaled five RBIs, and junior Patrick Castleberry had three RBIs in the first game as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (10-3) defeated the Quincy University Hawks (0-3) 12-7 and fell to the St. Cloud State Huskies (2-0) 10-6 Saturday afternoon at Tech Field.
In game one, the Hawks opened up the first inning with an RBI double from Jacob. The Wonder Boys wouldn't respond until the bottom of the second. Lassiter singled to left field to score Kattula. Jay Johnson doubled to left field, advancing John Lassiter to third. As James Sharp drew a walk, the bases became loaded. Boehner also drew a walk and Lassiter scored. The Wonder Boys were ahead 2-1.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Castleberry would hit a three-run double to take a 6-3 lead. Tech would add six more in the bottom of the eighth. Boehner would hit a two-run single for an 8-3 lead. With the bases loaded again, Kattula hit a grand slam to take a 12-3 lead going into the ninth.
Freshman Trent Armstrong earned the win for the Wonder Boys after pitching 6.1 innings, fanning six, and giving up only three runs.
In the nightcap, there was a scoreless first inning. The Huskies opened up play with three runs in the second. In the top of the third, the Huskies would hit back-to-back homeruns giving them a 6-0 lead. The Huskies would continue their powerful offense with a two-run homerun and an RBI double.
The first run for the Wonder Boys came in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI from Lassiter. St. Cloud would add one more in the sixth, while the Wonder Boys Keenan Jumper would hit an RBI double and a sac fly from Boehner to narrow St. Cloud's lead 10-3.
The Wonder Boys would add three runs in the ninth to make the final score 10-6.
Sophomore Zach Skelton would suffer the loss after pitching 3.0 innings and giving up seven hits and eight runs while fanning seven. Freshman Nate Rutherford came in as a relief pitcher and pitched six innings giving up four hits and two runs, striking out four.
The Wonder Boys will return to Tech Field tomorrow for a 3 p.m. game against St. Cloud.