UAM breaks losing skid with GAC win over Arkansas Tech


RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team picked up a Great American Conference win with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas Tech Friday night at Tech Field in Russellville, breaking a five-game losing skid.

Arkansas Tech (16-21, 5-8 GAC) got things going in the bottom of the first with a triple down the right field line. UAM (15-19, 5-12 GAC) answered in the top of the second off a J.D. Deloach single that drove in Hunter Allday from second.

The score remained tied at one until the Weevils took the lead in the top of the seventh. Justin Hollis got a solo homerun to left with two outs in the inning to give UAM the 2-1 lead. They extended that lead to two runs in the top of the eighth after Christian Gallegos scored on an error by the shortstop.

The Wonder Boys pulled to within one in the home half of the eighth off a single to third, but Kenny Marshall closed the door, getting Scott Sammons to strike out swinging to end the threat and the inning.

Marshall got the complete game win, going nine innings, giving up the two runs on two hits with eight walks and nine strikeouts

The two teams will complete the three-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today.

SOFTBALL

UAm 1-4, Arkansas Tech 0-3

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team got the first two wins of the four-game Great American conference series with Arkansas Tech.

UAM (26-0, 14-2 GAC) scored the only run in the first game in the bottom of the first inning on Sarah Matthews’ RBI double that scored Beth Johnson.

Kayla Jackson held Arkansas Tech (14-20, 8-12 GAC) scoreless and gave up just four hits in the complete game. She walked just one batter and struck out nine.

In the second game, UAM got on the board in the second inning with an RBI single by Katie Bouwman.

Arkansas Tech took the lead in the fifth off a two-run home run by Victoria Huie. But the Blossoms retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Matthews’ double drove in Jackson and Maggie Sands.

Both teams scored again in the sixth innings, and UAM held on for the win.

Jackson came on in relief to pick up the win as she improves to 18-4 on the season. She struck out two and walked one in the second game.

The two teams return to finish the series at noon today for two games.