Nine-run inning propels Weevils to GAC win


DURANT, Okla. — The 23rd-ranked Arkansas-Monticello baseball team rebounded from a midweek loss to Delta State and recorded its seventh straight Great American Conference victory on Friday.

A nine-run sixth inning helped UAM overturn a 1-0 deficit and pick up a run-rule road win over Southeastern Oklahoma State, 11-1 in seven innings, at The Ballpark in Durant.

The Boll Weevils (25-11, 15-7 GAC) were stymied over five innings by SOSU starter Cameron Conley (2-5). UAM, though, chased Conley when the first five batters of the sixth inning reached base.

Conley, who allowed five runs off five hits with five strikeouts and four walks, gave up a double to Ray Johnson to start the frame.

An intentional walk and bunt single loaded the bases before a hit-by-pitch and wild pitch led to two UAM runs.

After Conley exited, senior D’Marco Poindexter greeted Mason Crenshaw with a two-RBI single. Johnson capped the outburst with a two-run homer as UAM took a 9-1 lead.

The Weevils picked up their third run-rule victory of the season after solo home runs from seniors Chad Miller and Poindexter in the top of the seventh inning game them a 10-run lead.

The Savage Storm (16-17, 7-12) opened up a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Cody Coats’ RBI single. Coats and Jacob Soisson both went 2 for 3 to lead SOSU.

UAM starter Logan Johnson exited after just five batters. The junior made it through the first inning but was replaced by sophomore Zach McKnight after allowing a leadoff single to open the second.

McKnight (3-2) earned the win after allowing just one run off five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in the final six innings.

The two squads are back in action on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at noon in Durant.

SOFTBALL

SOSU 5, UAM 0 (8 inn.)

MONTICELLO — Southeastern Oklahoma State broke a scoreless tie after regulation with five runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Arkansas-Monticello softball team, 5-0, on Friday at Blossoms Field.

SOSU erupted for five runs off six hits in the eighth after being limited to just five hits in the first seven innings. The Savage Storm (24-10, 17-6 GAC) also scored off a squeeze bunt and a UAM fielding error in the rally.

UAM (22-18, 13-14) totaled six hits in the loss, including a pair from senior Hannah Pendley. The Cotton Blossoms left a total of 10 runners on base, including runners in scoring position in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

Southeastern hurler Mindy McElroy pitched to all but one UAM batter in her 13th win of the 2014 season. She kept the Blossoms scoreless on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 7 2/3 innings of work.

Senior Courtney Wilson (10-7) took the complete-game loss after giving up five runs (four earned) off 11 hits with a pair of strikeouts and no walks in her eight innings in the circle.

The two squads wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon at Blossoms Field.