No. 2-ranked Muleriders suffer first GAC series loss of the season; drop DH to Arkansas Tech
April 23, 2017
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The No.2-ranked Southern Arkansas baseball team lost its first Great American Conference series of the year on Sunday as the Muleriders dropped both ends of a doubleheader on the road at Arkansas Tech by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.
#2 Southern Arkansas Muleriders (33-10, 25-4 GAC)
Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (29-16, 22-7 GAC)
PITCHING DECISIONS – Game 1
W – Kyle Wilson (7-0)
L – Connor Wells (2-3)
S – Quinten Bowling (4)
HOW IT HAPPENED – Game 1
Game one was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the sixth when the Wonder Boys struck for three runs on three hits. The Wonder Boys were also aided by a Mulerider error and a pair of free passes on a hit-by-pitch and a walk.
The walk forced in the first run, and the error allowed the third Wonder Boy run to cross the plate unearned
In the bottom of the eighth, Arkansas Tech picked up their fourth run on a two-out double by Marcus Wilson
In the top of the ninth, the Muleriders threatened with two on and one out, but a double play was turned by the Wonder Boys to end the ninth and the game. An inning prior, the Wonder Boys ended the eighth on a line drive double play turned.
ON THE MOUND – Game 1
Connor Wells got the start for the Muleriders and pitched 5.1 innings. In his time on the mound, Wells scattered three hits and allowed three runs (two earned). He walked five and struck out six.
Jacob Stroder came on relief and pitched 2.1 innings, allowed four hits, one run, walked one and struck out four.
Eric Schildt was the final reliever for SAU as he needed just four pitches to get record the final out in the bottom of the eighth
AT THE PLATE – Game 1
The Muleriders were limited to six hits, all singles
Mark Fontenot had two of the hits as he went 2-for-4 in the game
Blake Hall, Jacob Richardson, Cortland McPherson and Cory Gallegos accounted for the other four hits
It was just the second time this season that the Muleriders have been shutout
PITCHING DECISIONS – Game 2
W – Trent Armstrong (5-3)
L – Dalton Algiene (10-2)
S – Jesse Harbin (8)
HOW IT HAPPENED – Game 2
Offense remained at a premium in the second game as there was no score until the bottom of the fourth when the Wonder Boys scored a pair of runs to go up 2-0.
A half-inning prior, the Muleriders had a prime run-scoring opportunity with the bases loaded and one out, but Wonder Boy starter Trent Armstrong escaped the inning unscathed.
In the top of the fifth after Tech grabbed the lead, the Muleriders cut that lead in half on a two-out solo homerun off the bat of Mark Fontenot, his seventh of the season.
After forcing the Wonder Boys to strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, the Muleriders threatened to knot the game at two-all as they had runners on the corners with one out, but a popped up bunt turned into a double play to end the inning.
In the seventh, the Muleriders were retired in order to end the game.
ON THE MOUND – Game 2
Dalton Algiene got the start for the Muleriders and pitched 5.1 innings of the scheduled seven-inning contest. Algiene would allow three hits, two runs (one earned), walked three and struck out three.
Eric Schildt, who pitched in relief in the opener, came back to the mound for a relief appearance in the second game and needed just two pitches to induce an inning-ending double play to end the bottom of the sixth
AT THE PLATE – Game 2
The Muleriders out-hit the Wonder Boys 5-3 in what played out as a pitcher's duel.
The five hits were spread out among the lineup as no Mulerider had multiple hits in the game
Mark Fontenot had the lone run and RBI as he hit a solo homerun to right field in the top of the fifth
The Muleriders and Wonder Boys will conclude their three-game series with a single game on Monday. First-pitch is set for 1 p.m.