Weevils forced into must-win game after defeat

ENID, Okla — Southern Arkansas’ David Harris hit a pair of home runs and Timothy Buchanan held Arkansas-Monticello in check as the Muleriders beat the Boll Weevils, 11-2 in Monday’s game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark to earn a return appearance in the GAC baseball championship title game.

Harris hit a solo home run to left field in the fifth inning and followed up with a three-run, inside-the-park shot to right center one inning later. He recorded the first multi-home run game in the two-year history of the GAC championships. He finished 3 for 4 with five RBIs.

Buchanan allowed just one run over eight innings while striking out seven.

Watson Chapel alumni Ryan Dardenne finished the game 1 for 3 with three runs, two RBIs and one walk for SAU.

UAM (31-19) was led by Taylor Eaves, who finished 3 for 3 with one RBI. Dmarco Poindexter was 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Bobby Bryan was tagged with the loss after pitching five innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

The Muleriders will face the winner of today’s game between UAM and Harding in the title game. SAU will attempt to win its third-straight conference tournament title.

UAM 12,

Henderson State 8 (Sun.)

ENID, Okla — Junior catcher Chad Miller went 5 for 5 at the plate to lead Arkansas-Monticello to a 12-8 win over Henderson State on Sunday in a winner’s bracket game..

Miller’s five hits tied a GAC tournament record for a single game.

Senior Chris Guzman (5-1) earned the win after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with one strikeout and two walks in the first six innings.

Senior reliever Eddie Smith recorded his sixth career save to tie the UAM all-time record. He allowed two runs on three hits with a season-high six strikeouts and one walk in three innings of work.

Austin Coble took the loss for HSU after allowing seven runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings.

Sunday’s win made this UAM team the second-most successful in program history in terms of single-season wins.