Gillam named GAC Player of the Week

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello junior first baseman Bronson Gillam was named the Great American Conference Baseball Player of the Week after posting a 1.231 slugging percentage in this past weekend’s three-game sweep over East Central (Okla.) at Weevils Field.

Gillam became the first player ever in the GAC to hit two grand slam home runs in a single game in UAM’s 17-5 victory on Saturday. His first came in the seventh, clearing UAM’s version of the “Green Monster” in right field, before repeating in the eighth to right center to put UAM up by double digits, thus ending the game due to the NCAA’s 10-run rule.

A day later, he added his third home run of the weekend with a solo shot over the wall in right field as a part of UAM’s five-run rally in the second game, a 7-3 win to record UAM’s second straight GAC series sweep.

Throughout the three-game series, the Bossier City, La. native posted a .385 batting average (5 for 13) with 10 runs batted in and 16 total bases. He also added a walk and was hit by a pitch for a .467 on-base percentage throughout the weekend.

Gillam and the Boll Weevils (24-10, 14-7 GAC) return to the diamond on Wednesday on the road against nationally ranked Delta State. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Boo Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss.