SEARCY, Ark. – Freshman Lucas Waddell pitched a gem and redshirt freshman Anthony Guglielmi blasted a three-run home run to lead Harding to a 5-0 victory over Arkansas Tech in the third game of the three-game Gulf South Conference series Sunday. Tech won the first game of Sunday's doubleheader 7-3, but Harding took the series 2-games-to-1.
The victory came in Harding's final game of the season and gave the Bisons its fourth straight winning season. Harding finished 25-24 overall and 9-11 in GSC West Division play. The Bisons placed fifth in the division, missing the GSC Tournament by just one spot. Arkansas Tech will go to the tournament as the No. 2 seed from the West Division.
Waddell (6-1) needed only 75 pitches to shut down one of the top offenses in Division II. Arkansas Techc (34-16, 14-6) came into the doubleheader with a .354 team batting average, but Waddell limited them on only four hits. He struck out two and induced a ground-ball triple play, Harding's first since 2007.
The game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the fourth when Gulglielmi's blast scored Jason Nappi and Erin McCarver. It was Guglielmi's second home run of the season.
The Bisons added two more in the fifth, both unearned, off Arkansas Tech starter Caleb Powers (6-2). He went five innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out six.
Harding's triple play came in the fourth inning. Nick Makris and Clint Stroud both singled to open the inning. Anthony Gower then grounded to Chase Presley at third. He stepped on the bag, threw low to second baseman Heath Boyd, who dug out the throw and gunned out Gower by a step at first base.
Tech won a sloppy defensive game in the opener. The teams combined for nine errors. The Wonder Boys led the entire game after scoring two in the top of the first.
Senior Troy Keith (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out three. It was his 47th and final career start as a Bison. Fellow senior Patrick Nappi pitched the final 3 1/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs.
Will McDonald, Harding's only other senior, joined Keith and Nappi in a pregame ceremony honoring the trio.
Blaine Sims (6-3) picked up the win in game one, allowing only two earned runs in seven innings.
Chad Wynn had three hits for Arkansas Tech. Jason Nappi had two hits for Harding. Nappi had two doubles in the doubleheader and finished the season with a .413 batting average.