MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team opened its weekend series with a 5-2 win over Southern Nazarene on Saturday before falling 2-1 in the second half of the doubleheader.
In the 5-2 win, UAM scored one in the first, one in the fifth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth off seven hits, led by junior D’Marco Poindexter’s 2 for 2 performance at the bottom of the lineup.
UAM (27-15, 15-11 GAC) added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on RBI sacrifice bunt from junior Alex Lang to score junior Chad Miller, who reached base on a hit by pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on a passed ball.
Senior Brent Noble (5-2) earned the win in relief after keeping SNU (16-21, 8-18 GAC) scoreless off just one hit with three strikeouts in three innings of work. Senior Eddie Smith picked up his third save of the season after coming in with two runners on base and the tying run at bat and allowing just one hit in the final two thirds of the ninth inning. Tim Coleman (2-6) took the loss for SNU after allowing three runs off five hits with two strikeouts in the first six innings.
In the second game, SNU rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh and a complete game effort from its starter, Matt Berry, to force a rubber game tomorrow.
UAM starter Logan Johnson allowed just one unearned run off four hits with four strikeouts in the first six innings. Sophomore Jeff Harvill (3-2) took the loss after allowing the go ahead run to reach base on a single.
The two teams will play the series-deciding game today at noon at Weevils Field.
Southern Arkansas 6-1
MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team swept in-state Great American Conference rival Southern Arkansas on Saturday, recording a 7-6, 13-inning win in the first game before posting a 9-1 run-rule victory in the second game.
Courtney Wilson (3-2) earned the win after allowing just one unearned run off just two hits in the final three innings of the first game.
UAM’s Randa Perry is credited with the no-decision after pitching 10 innings and allowing one earned run.
In the second game, UAM sophomore Katie Slaughter (12-7) earned the complete game win after allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work. The two teams conclude the four-game series today with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.