MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Arkansas Tech scored in all but the second and seventh innings in defeating Valdosta State 12-2 in an elimination game of the Gulf South Conference Tournament Saturday at USA Stadium.
Arkansas Tech (30-18) opened the scoring in top of the first inning as it took advantage of a throwing error by VSU first baseman Christian Glisson to plate two runs. Matt Johnson hit a bloop single to open the inning and advanced to third as Glisson's throw to second on a Madison Beaird ground ball sailed into left field. Nick Makris followed with a single through the right-side to score Johnson while a Landon Sullins fielder's choice drove home Beaird to give the Wonder Boys a 2-0 lead.
ATU upped its lead to 3-0 in the third before adding three more runs in the fourth inning to push its advantage to six runs.
Valdosta State (22-27) got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut its deficit to five. Antonio Clark singled for the first Blazer hit of the day to lead off the inning and moved to third when Glisson hit a one-out double. Cameron Graves followed with a fly ball to right that allowed Clark to trot home to cut the Wonder Boy lead to 6-1.
A wild pitch and a triple by Nate Wilder gave Arkansas Tech two more runs in the fifth inning while a sacrifice fly allowed Johnson to score his fourth run of the game in the sixth. Josh Riley added a two-run double in the sixth and scored on a Wilder single to push the Wonder Boy lead to 12-2.
Graves added his second RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth as his two-out single scored Chaz Bagwell for the game's final run.
Brett Kennedy allowed 12 hits and eight runs, seven earned, while striking out four in five innings to fall to 5-5. Mason Reynolds surrendered five hits and two runs in a complete game effort to improve to 4-2 on the year.
Fiveour different Blazers had a hit in the game while Wilder led Arkansas Tech with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. Johnson also had a hit in each at-bat as he finished the game 3-for-3.
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