JONESBORO — The season is still young, but Arkansas-Monticello scored its biggest victory in baseball to date Tuesday.
Zach McKnight and two other pitchers combined to keep Division I Arkansas State off the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory for the Boll Weevils, ranked as high as No. 16 in Division II polls.
McKnight (1-0) held the Red Wolves (3-1) to three hits, struck out six and walked none in the first five innings. Woodlawn’s Gavin Johnston and Jeff Harvill combined to allow four more hits the rest of the way, but preserved the shutout.
UAM (8-2) did its scoring in the first four innings. Austin Braddock hit a one-run double in the first to score D’Marco Poindexter, who reached with a single on the game’s first pitch.
In the fourth, Braddock reached on an overthrow from shortstop to lead off the fourth, moved to second on a wild pitch, then to third on a flyout and scored on Corey Wood’s RBI groundout.
Arkansas State, which had seven hits to UAM’s four, had its best chance to score in the eighth inning with two outs after Zach George doubled to move Zach Maggio to third. But Harvill got the next batter into a groundout to end the threat, and finished the job in the ninth for his third save of the season.
Derek Birginske (0-1) gave up two runs (one earned) with two strikeouts and no walks in the first four innings for Arkansas State.
Matt Burgess and Stuart Levy each had two hits to lead the Red Wolves. Watson Chapel graduate Collin Massanelli, a junior, went 0 for 2, striking out twice.
No one had multiple hits for the Weevils.
UAM will host Memphis’ LeMoyne-Owen College in a doubleheader starting at noon today.