MONTICELLO — The Arkansas at Monticello baseball team opened its three-game Great American Conference series against Southeastern Oklahoma State with a pair of victories on Saturday, winning the first game 9-6 and taking the second 3-2 in extra innings.
The Boll Weevils (24-14, 13-10 GAC) used a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning of the first game to record the win. Senior Hunter Allday delivered the big hit in that inning with a three-run double off the wall in right-center field. Sophomore Bronson Gillam delivered the game-tying hit with a pinch-hit, RBI single down the right field line earlier in the inning.
UAM opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a Southeastern error and an RBI groundout from junior Chad Miller.
Senior Eddie Smith (4-3) earned the win after allowing just one run, which was unearned, off just one hit with one strikeout and one walk in the final 3 2/3 innings. Cameron Mann (3-1) suffered the loss to Southeastern after allowing four runs off five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the final 2 2/3 innings.
In the second game, UAM’s Logan Johnson settled for a no decision after allowing two runs off eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks in the first 6 2/3 innings of the game. He was relieved by sophomore Jeff Harvill (3-1), who was credited with the win after keeping Southeastern scoreless on just one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings.
The Boll Weevils and Savage Storm close out the series today with a nine-inning game set for 1 p.m. at Weevils Field.
Arkansas Tech 5-4
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas at Monticello softball team split a GAC double header Saturday, losing to Arkansas Tech 5-1 in the first game before responding with a 7-4 win in the second game.
Arkansas Tech (20-17, 13-11) rode the bat of Whitney Robinson in the first game. Robinson was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double in the third, and RBI single in the third and an RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth. ATU scored their other two runs off an infield single from Jessica Black in the fourth and took advantage of a UAM error for its final run.
Senior Randa Perry (8-10) took the loss aftger allowing five runs (four earned) off nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks in a complete-game effort. Victorie Huie (11-9) earned the win for ATU after allowing just one run off seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks, also in a complete-game effort.
In the second game, sophomore Katie Slaughter (11-5) earned the win in complete-game style, allowing four runs off five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in her seven innings of work. Shanna Davidson (2-5) took the loss for ATU after allowing three runs off seven hits with three walks in the first 2.1 innings of the game.