Weevils pickup midweek win over Tigers


ARKADELPHIA — A five-run sixth inning helped the Arkansas-Monticello baseball team earn a nonconference win over Ouachita Baptist on Wednesday afternoon.

UAM entered the frame down 4-2 but the five-run inning helped propel the Boll Weevils to a 9-6 road win.

Back-to-back two-run singles by Ben Agredano and Ray Johnson highlighted the outburst.

UAM (28-11) opened the scoring when Tyler Caruthers hit a two-RBI double in the second before OBU (19-21) tied the score in the bottom of the frame.

The Tigers tacked on a pair of runs in the third to take the lead.

A Justin Hollis RBI double helped UAM plate two in the top of the ninth before OBU scored two in the bottom of the frame to set the final margin.

Kyle Matusoff, the sixth of nine OBU pitchers, took the loss after recording just two outs in the sixth inning. Matusoff (1-2) gave up five runs (four earned) on just one hit with four walks.

Corbin Bell — the second of four UAM pitchers — earned the win. Bell (2-1) allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 shutout innings.

Jeff Harvill struggled but picked up his ninth save of the season. Harvill gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits with no walks and a strikeout.

UAM will travel to Bethany, Okla., to take on Southern Nazarene this weekend.

SOFTBALL

Southern Arkansas 5-1, UAM 1-6

MAGNOLIA — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team salvaged a doubleheader split with a 6-1 win over Southern Arkansas on Wednesday.

UAM lost the first game 5-1 but earned the split with a five-run ninth inning in Game 2.

The Cotton Blossoms (23-21) used a two-out rally to plate the five runs. Korie Parker walked and Channing Tharpe was hit by a pitch to put two aboard.

Sheridan native Allison Stipes came up with a huge two-run single to plate the go-ahead runs. Hannah Pendley followed with a triple to score Stipes, and McKenzie Rice brought in Pendley with a single.

Tharpe helped the Blossoms get on the board in the second game after drawing a walk. Tharpe came in to score on a hit by Rice.

SAU (24-18) knotted the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Higginbotham singled through the left side to bring in Brittney Johnson.

Katie Slaughter picked up the win after throwing all nine innings. She allowed just the one run on nine hits with no walks and six strikeouts.