Weevils split GAC opener

ALVA, Okla. — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team lost its Great American Conference opener but rebounded to earn a split of Saturday’s doubleheader with Northwestern Oklahoma State.

The 15th-ranked Boll Weevils picked up a 3-2 win after falling to the Rangers, 8-3, in the series opener.

In the first game, NWOSU (5-2, 1-1 GAC) came out hot scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning, including a pair of home runs.

UAM (6-2, 1-1) narrowed the deficit on a two-run single by senior Ray Johnson in the top of the fifth.

The Weevils inched closer with a run in the sixth.

Senior D’Marco Poindexter, the reigning GAC Player of the Week, doubled to score senior Alex Lang.

NWOSU, though, tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to seal the win.

On the hill, UAM senior Kade Garlington (1-2) took the loss. He gave up five runs (four earned) off seven hits in the first three innings. Corey Korenic (2-0) earned the win, allowing two runs off just three hits in the first 4 2/3 innings.

In the scheduled seven-inning nightcap, the Rangers got on the board with two first-inning runs.

The Weevils countered with a run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mitchell Dornblut.

UAM completed the come-from-behind win with a two-run homer by sophomore Travis Steinke in the top of the sixth.

UAM junior Logan Johnson (2-0) earned the win after allowing two runs off five hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Zach Postoak (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs off seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

UAM and NWOSU will play the rubber match at noon on Sunday.