Randy Vallejo notched his 10th save of the season, breaking the previous record of nine, originally set in 1994 by Tony Ferguson, James Sharp went 3-for-4, while Kris Ayers went 2-for-2 with two RBIs as the No. 15 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys baseball team (25-8) picked up a 6-3 win over Oklahoma Christian (18-10) on Monday at Tech Field.
Arkansas Tech starter Zach Skelton shut down OC in the first, retiring the Eagles in order. With two outs in the bottom of the first, the game was stopped due to lightning, resulting in a 92-minute delay.
When play resumed, it was the Wonder Boys who got onto the scoreboard first, as an infield single by Keenan Jumper plated Zac Johnson. Leading 1-0, Tech pushed its lead to 4-0 in the second inning after an RBI grounder by Scamardo, who later scored on an error, and an RBI double.
Skelton, meanwhile, retired the first seven hitters he faced, and cruised through the first four innings before the Eagles struck back. After back-to-back singles to open the fifth inning, a fielder’s choice loaded the bases with none out for Oklahoma Christian. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks followed by a sacrifice fly allowed the Eagles to cut their deficit to 4-3. However, the Eagles would get no closer in the inning as Cory Eastwood was caught stealing to put the second out on the board, and a harmless flyout to center ended the inning.
Bryson Morris came into the game in relief in the sixth inning, and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning two.
In the seventh inning, Ayers’ two-run double pushed the Tech lead to 6-3, and Oklahoma Christian would get no closer, as Morris pitched a scoreless eighth, setting the stage for Vallejo’s record-breaking save.
Skelton picked up the win for the Wonder Boys, after allowing three runs on two hits, fanning four in five innings of work.
Arkansas Tech returns to action this coming weekend, traveling to Alva, Okla. for a three-game series with Northwestern Oklahoma. First pitch Friday is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader will be played at 1 p.m.