Weevils reach 30 wins in back-to-back seasons

BETHANY, Okla. — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team did more than extend its Great American Conference winning streak to 11 games with a doubleheader sweep of Southern Nazarene (Okla.) on Friday.

The team also secured its second consecutive 30-win season for the first time in program history.

UAM (30-11, 19-7 GAC) defeated Southern Nazarene (15-25, 4-22 GAC) in the first game in seven innings by a final score of 13-1 before picking up the series win in the second half of the doubleheader with a 5-1 victory.

It’s the Boll Weevils’ seventh series win of the season. UAM will seek its fourth consecutive conference series sweep on Saturday against SNU. First pitch is set for noon.

The 30th win of the 2014 campaign marks the fourth time overall to reach the milestone in program history. The Weevils also broke the school’s all-time record for conference wins on Friday, which was established in last season’s 32-20 (17-13 GAC) finish.

In Friday’s first game, UAM jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double from sophomore Travis Steinke. UAM took a 5-0 lead off a wild pitch in the third inning before scoring seven in the top of the fourth off four hits, including a two-run single from sophomore Evan Comeau in his second at-bat of the inning.

Sophomore Zach McKnight (4-2) earned the win in complete-game fashion by only giving up one unearned run off just three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

In the second game, the Weevils again earned an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second on back-to-back RBI singles from sophomore Mitchell Dornblut and Comeau.

The Crimson Storm answered in the bottom half of the second with its final run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Michael Desciscio.

The Weevils went to the long ball for their final three runs, a two-run home run by Dornblut in the sixth and a solo shot from senior Ray Johnson in the top of the seventh.

Junior Austin Braddock (4-0) kept his perfect record intact by allowing only one run off just one hit in the first four innings. Sophomore Kregg Snook and junior Jeff Harvill kept the Storm off the board on just one hit in the final three innings.