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Wonder Boys drop series finale at UAM; win third-straight GAC series


MONTICELLO — The Arkansas Tech baseball team rallied in the ninth inning and had the potential game-tying and go-head runs on base, but ultimately fell short in the series finale, 3-2, at Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday afternoon in a low-scoring affair.
That ninth inning rally by the Wonder Boys (9-6, 7-2 GAC) started with two outs as Kandon Bennet worked an eight-pitch walk. Matt Robbins then singled through the left side to chase Bennet to third. Evan Hafley followed with a single through the left side as well to score Bennett and make it a 3-2 game.
With the potential game-tying run now in scoring position and the potential go-head run at first for the Wonder Boys, the Boll Weevils (4-6, 4-5 GAC) turned to the bullpen for Jared Roberts. Roberts would not waste much time in putting the finishing touches on the game as the Boll Weevils salvaged a game in the series.
Prior to the late-inning drama, the Wonder Boys had rallied in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 1-all. In that inning Drew Bailey led off with a double down the right field line. Elijah Boyer then moved Bailey to third on a sacrifice bunt. Bennet followed with a walk to put runners at the corners with one out. Robbins then drove in the game-tying run on a RBI groundout to the UAM pitcher.

UAM would answer back with a run in the bottom of the frame to go back on top and chase Tech starter Riyan Rodriguez from the start. UAM then plated their third run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Rodriguez would take the loss.
Offensively, the Wonder Boys out-hit the Boll Weevils 10-9. Each team left at least 10 men on base with Tech leaving 11. Three Wonder Boys would notch a multi-hit game. Trace Maddux paced the team with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate. Robbins and Hafley were each 2-for-5 with a RBI.
The Wonder Boys will now prepare for another road weekend as they will travel to Bethany, Okla. to take on Southern Nazarene in a three-game series starting on Friday, March 19. First-pitch of the series is scheduled for 2 p.m.