RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech rattled off 15 hits as the Wonder Boys defeated the 12th-ranked Lyon College baseball team, 13-4, on Tuesday night. The two teams split their home-and-home season series after the Scots picked up an 8-6 win at home earlier this year.
Lyon fell to 29-9, while Arkansas Tech improved to 24-13.
Arkansas Tech got off to a fast start against Lyon as the Wonder Boys took an early, 9-0, lead after four innings. Arkansas Tech scored four runs in the second and third innings and added another run in the bottom of the fourth.
Lyon chipped away at the Arkansas Tech lead in the top of the fifth as Brandon Giribaldie started the frame with a pinch-hit lead-off double. Logan Reddick followed with a single to put runners on the corners for the Scots. Easton Moore plated Giribaldie later in the inning with an RBI groundout. Andrew Sauceda followed the groundout with a walk before Kylan Barnett belted a three-run home run over the wall in right field to cut the deficit to 9-4.
Arkansas Tech answered back with another four-run inning in the bottom of the fifth.
Kade Hunkapiller suffered the loss on the mound as he dropped to 0-2. James Clift, Sam Murfin and Riley Caraway all tossed a scoreless inning in relief. Jesse Sampley added two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief.
Alex Miles and Kyle West both collected two hits each to lead the Lyon offense.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Lyon College baseball team will return to American Midwest Conference play this weekend as the Scots will travel to Freed-Hardeman for a three-game series. The series at Freed-Hardeman will begin on Friday night at 5 p.m.