Weevils score 20 runs in sweep of Magicians

MONTICELLO — Entering Wednesday’s doubleheader with LeMoyne-Owen (Tenn.), the Arkansas-Monticello baseball had scored 10-plus runs just one time in 10 games this season.

Over the next few hours, the Boll Weevils doubled then tripled that number with a 10-2, 10-0 sweep of the Magicians at Weevils Stadium.

“I don’t want to say we’ve struggled at the plate,” UAM coach John Harvey said. “We’ve faced some lights-out pitching this season.

“So it’s nice to be able to put together a performance like this and score 20 runs.”

In Wednesday’s opener, UAM (10-2) plated six runs in the bottom of the first inning highlighted by RBI doubles from Ben Agredano and Corey Wood.

“It definitely takes the pressure off,” Harvey said of the big inning. “Sometimes a big lead can make you relax a little bit.

“But if I had a choice, I’d definitely take a lead.”

LeMoyne-Owen (0-7) narrowed the deficit to 6-2 in the second inning, but an RBI single by Agredano in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth helped UAM put the game out of reach.

In the second game, the Weevils scored two runs each in the second and third innings and three runs apiece in the fourth and fifth frames.

Justin Hollis kicked off the scoring with a two-run double in the second.

Agredano continued his hot day with an RBI double in the fourth to score Evan Comeau. Agredano later scored on a wild pitch. Before back-to-back doubles by Austin Braddock and Travis Steinke, the latter of which brought in Braddock, gave the Weevils a 7-0 lead.

The UAM offensive explosion led to just four-inning outings for both LeMoyne-Owen starting pitchers.

Rumeal Robinson allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on seven hits with six walks and two strikeouts in the opener.

Malcolm Brooks had similar struggles in the second game. He gave up seven runs (all earned) on 10 hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

The offensive production Wednesday also helped alleviate the pressure on starting pitchers Turner Neely and Corbin Bell, who made their first starts of the season in the first and second game, respectively.

“Those two guys really stepped up today,” Harvey said. “That’s been the biggest surprise this year.

“We’ve gotten good pitching just about every game.”

Neeley (2-0) threw a complete game (seven innings) allowing two runs on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Bell (0-1) went six innings giving up no runs with two walks and a strikeout.

“I thought Corbin was dialed in from the start,” Harvey said. “But the big innings definitely help and I think our team is kind of geared towards that.

“We don’t play a lot of small ball. We’ve got some big guys, so we try and draw some walks and put together some big innings.”

Saying the Weevils aren’t geared towards small ball is ironic considering UAM had just four hits and had to scratch across both runs in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Arkansas State.

“We hit some balls hard just right at them,” Harvey said of the ASU game. “They’re definitely a good team, and they made some big pitches when we had runners on base.

“But it was good to go in there and show we can win more than one way.”

Harvey said he didn’t believe UAM had beaten a Division I team in his four years as head coach.

“I don’t know the history of it,” he said. “I do know it was a big for us, though.”