Massanelli homers three times; Wolves come back


LITTLE ROCK — Collin Massanelli hit a solo home run, his third of the day, over right field as part of a five-run top of the ninth inning to give Arkansas State a 9-7 baseball victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.

Massanelli’s homer was the second of back-to-back shots that tied the game at 7. Austin Baker hit a 2-1 shot in the same direction to pull the Red Wolves within 7-6, and Massanelli followed by sending a 3-1 offering over the fence.

Arkansas State earned a single and walk before Pine Bluff graduate Claude Johnson doubled down the left-field line to drive in the go-ahead run. Ryan Roberts then flew out to send in the insurance run.

Massanelli, who went 4 for 5 with five RBIs in the game, hit a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run homer in the seventh.

Emery drove in three runs, and Johnson was 2 for 5.

Arkansas Tech 12-14, UAM 3-8

MONTICELLO — No. 22 Arkansas Tech won a Saturday doubleheader 12-3 and 14-8 over Arkansas-Monticello to sweep the Great American Conference series.

Arkansas Tech (22-7, 10-2 GAC) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1 on a bases-clearing double by Drew Stanton after three straight walks. UAM (15-12, 7-8 GAC) earned a run back on an RBI single by Alex Lang, who went 4 for 4 on the day.

The Wonder Boys built a 9-1 lead before the Boll Weevils added two runs in the fifth on a Tyler Caruthers single and D’Marco Poindexter fielder’s choice.

Taylor Eaves and Hunter Allday each had two hits for UAM. Kenny Marshall (1-3) allowed three runs off two hits with three strikeouts and four walks in the first 1 2/3 innings to suffer the loss.

In the finale, the Weevils erased a 7-0 deficit with six runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but the Wonder Boys rallied for seven runs off six hits in the top of the seventh.

In the six-run fifth, Ray Johnson hit a three-run double to center, UAM scored on a double-steal, Lang lined an RBI single and Poindexter sac-flied. In the sixth, Caruthers recorded a single to center, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball as Eaves drew a walk.

T.J. Cox went 3 for 4 and Caruthers was 2 for 3 for UAM. Eddie Smith (3-2) allowed four runs off three hits with one strikout in one-third inning to suffer the loss.

SOFTBALL

SE Oklahoma State 3-5, UAM 2-3

MONTICELLO — Division II fifth-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State swept a four-game softball series over Arkansas-Monticello with two more victories Saturday.

Southeastern won 3-2 and 5-3, sending the Cotton Blossoms to 18-14 overall and 5-5 in the Great American Conference.

Southeastern (25-6, 10-2 GAC) took the lead for good in the first game on a two-run homer by Whitney Hamilton in the sixth inning. UAM had just taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Maggie Sands and RBI single by Kali Piha.

Randa Perry (7-9) allowed three runs off six hits with two strikeouts and just one walk in a complete-game loss.

In the second game, each team plated a run in the first inning off fielding errors. The Savage Storm took a 5-1 lead in the third with four runs off four hits and two walks.

Summer Huddleston homered in the fifth inning and hit a bases-loaded single in the sixth to pull UAM within two runs.

Katie Slaughter (9-4) allowed five runs (four earned) off six hits with no strikeouts and two walks in the first 2 1/3 innings. Courtney Wilson kept Southeastern scoreless for the next 4 2/2 innings, holding the Storm to three hits and striking out two.

The Blossoms left 11 runners on base in the game, after leaving 10 in the opener.