Best season in Weevils’ history ends in regionals

RUSSELLVILLE — The most successful baseball season in Arkansas-Monticello history came to an end on Friday with an 8-6 loss to Augustana (S.D.) in the NCAA Division II Central Regional at Arkansas Tech University.

UAM (36-17) set a record for wins in a season and also reached its first regional tournament since joining the Division II ranks, but the Boll Weevils lost their first two games in Russellville and were eliminated from the tourney.

The Weevils had several chances to put together a big inning, loading the bases six times in the loss, including four times with one out. However, UAM only managed single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before plating their final two runs in the top of the eighth to force a 6-all tie.

Augustana (41-15) scored a pair of go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth. UAM once again loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but a double play ended the game.

UAM left a total of 19 runners on base in the loss after getting 10 hits, 10 walks and getting hit by a pitch six times.

Senior Chad Miller led the Weevils with a 3-for-6 outing at the plate. Senior Alex Lang also posted a multi-hit performance, going 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted in. Senior Ben Agredano went 1 for 3 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. His RBI double in the top of the fourth inning was his 81st hit of the season and set a new UAM single-season record.

Junior Kregg Snook (5-2) gave up three runs off five hits in three innings to suffer the loss.

Augustana was led by Marcus O’Neill’s 4-for-5 day at the plate.

Agredano, Garlington earn all-region honors

UAM senior second baseman Ben Agredano and senior starting pitcher Kade Garlington were named second team all-region selections on Thursday in advance of the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

Both earned a spot on the Daktronics Baseball All-Central Region Second Team. Agredano also earned a spot on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Region Second Team.

Agredano and Garlington also were both named to the 2014 All-Great American Conference First Team.