Arkansas Tech beats Harding in 22-12 slugfest

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Harding) – Harding senior Anthony Guglielmi missed hitting for the cycle by a single, and senior Chase Presley broke the school record for career runs scored, but the Bisons gave up seven home runs and fell to Arkansas Tech 22-12 on Tuesday at Tech Field.

It was the second four-hit game in Guglielmi's career. The other came against Lyon on Mar. 22, 2011. He doubled to lead off the second inning and came around to score. He doubled again in the third, this time driving in Billy Ninemire, and scored his second run of the game.

With two outs in the fifth, Guglielmi hit his second home run of the season and sixth of his career. It was Harding's only home run in the game and the ninth of the season for the Bisons.

Guglielmi cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the sixth. He had five RBI in the game and was on deck when Tech recorded the final out of the game.

Presley was one of the runners to score on Guglielmi's triple. It was the 171st run scored in his Harding career, tying the record of Daryl Johnson from 1993-96. Presley then broke the record on a two-run double by Ninemire in the seventh.

Arkansas Tech (25-22) entered the game with a Great American Conference-leading 40 home runs. Madison Beaird led off the bottom of the first with his sixth home run of the season, and that was just the beginning for the Wonder Boys.

Two batters later, Thomas Biocic hit his eighth home run. Landon Sullins, who has reached base in 25 consecutive games, led off the third with his third of the season. His was the last home run allowed by Harding starter Alex Smith (1-2).

Nate Wilder hit the first of his two home runs with two outs in the fourth.

Harding scored four runs in the top of the sixth and trailed only 11-10 entering the bottom of the sixth. That is when the Arkansas Tech long balls put the game out of reach. The Wonder Boys hit three home runs in an 11-run inning. Harding tacked on two in the top of the seventh, but the game ended after that due to the NCAA's 10-run rule.

Tech's home runs in the seventh came from Wilder, Jonathan Finnegan, and Michael Rezin, who hit his first home run of the season.

Arkansas Tech's 23 hits and seven home runs were both the most ever allowed by a Harding pitching staff. The 22 runs allowed were the most since the Bisons gave up 22 against Northeastern State on April 8, 2000. Tech had eight hitters with multi-hit games.

Cody Hatman (4-3) earned the win despite allowing four earned runs on five hits over three relief innings.

Harding's 12 runs tied its highest-scoring output of the season. Prior to Tuesday's game, Harding had allowed more than 10 runs only once this season.

The Bisons will play their final regular season series this weekend against Southwestern Oklahoma State. The three-game GAC series begins Saturday with a doubleheader that starts at noon. Sunday's finale begins at 1 p.m.