Mistakes leave Weevils in hole


MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team left 12 runners on base and committed four errors leading to four runs in an 8-0 loss to No. 22 Arkansas Tech on Friday in the opening game of a three-game Great American Conference series.

Junior Ben Agredano led UAM (15-10, 7-6 GAC) with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, including a walk. Junior Alex Lang went 1-for-3 with two walks. Seniors Hunter Allday and Taylor Eaves accounted for UAM’s other two hits.

The Wonder Boys (20-7, 8-2 GAC) scored one run in each of the first three innings on only two hits combined. ATU opened the scoring in the first on an RBI groundout from James Sharp to score Cesar Abreu, who doubled to lead off the inning. ATU added another run in the second on back-to-back UAM fielding errors. The Wonder Boys went up 3-0 in the third on a sac fly from Jonathan Finnegan to score Cole Fergus, who led off the inning with a double.

UAM held ATU scoreless over the next four innings before the Wonder Boys put up three unearned runs in the eighth, again taking advantage of a UAM fielding error. ATU finalized the scoring with two runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI double from Zac Johnson and a sac fly from Drew Stanton. ATU’s final inning at bat was prolonged with two hit batters.

UAM left the bases loaded twice during the contest, once in the bottom of the first and again in the seventh.

Senior Bobby Bryan (3-3) took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) off just three hits with a strikeout and three walks in the first five innings. Ryan Taylor (5-1) earned the win for the Wonder Boys after allowing just two hits with five strikeouts and five walks in the first six innings. ATU’s Ethan Crocker earned his second save of the year after keeping UAM scoreless on just three hits in the final three innings.

The Boll Weevils and Wonder Boys conclude the series with a doubleheader starting at noon today at Weevils Field.

Arkansas State 6, UALR 3

LITTLE ROCK — Collin Massanelli batted in a run on each of his three hits, and Arkansas State (12-6) got the best of Chance Cleveland (2-3) and UALR (10-8) to open a Sun Belt Conference series.

Massanelli, a Watson Chapel graduate, went 3 for 4, as did UALR’s Ben Crumpton. Pine Bluff alumnus Claude Johnson also had a hit for A-State.

Cleveland, a senior from Watson Chapel, gave up four earned runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings in the loss.

SOFTBALL

SE Oklahoma State 5-5, UAM 2-4

MONTICELLO — UAM starter Randa Perry had a perfect game through five innings as the Cotton Blossoms (18-12, 5-3 GAC) led 2-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning of the first game. Southeastern plated four runs in the sixth inning, three of which were unearned due to a pair of UAM fielding errors. The Savage Storm finalized the scoring with another run in the seventh on a solo home run from Whitney Hamilton to lead off the inning.

Perry (7-8) took the loss after allowing five runs (two earned) off four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game effort.

In Game 2, Southeastern (23-6, 8-2 GAC) started the scoring in the third inning on a two-run home run from Lacie Cook, and rallied for three runs in the fifth with two outs, highlighted by a two-run double from Darrian Williams.

UAM went to the long ball for its four runs over the final three innings — a solo shot from Summer Huddleston to lead off the fifth, a solo shot from Beth Johnson to lead off the sixth and a two-run blast from Sara Matthews in the seventh.

Sophomore Katie Slaughter (9-3) took the loss after allowing five runs off eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks in the first 4 2/3 innings.

UAM and Southeastern will play a doubleheder at noon today at Blossoms Field.