The most successful baseball season in University of Arkansas at Monticello history came to an end on Friday with an 8-6 loss to Augustana in the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship Tournament at Arkansas Tech University.
The Weevils (36-17) loaded the bases six times in the loss, including four times with one out. However, the team only managed single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before plating their final two runs in the top of the eighth to force a six-all tie.
Augustana (41-15) scored a pair of go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth and held UAM scoreless in the top of the ninth after inducing a double play to end the game with the bases loaded.
UAM left a total of 19 runners on base in the loss after getting 10 hits, 10 walks and getting hit by a pitch six times.
Senior Chad Miller led the Weevils with 3-for-6 outing at the plate. Senior Alex Lang also posted a multi-hit performance with a 2-for-4 outing with a pair of runs batted in. Senior Ben Agredano went 1-for-3 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. His RBI double in the top of the fourth inning was his 81st hit of the season and set a new UAM single season record.
Agredano opened the scoring by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second inning and added UAM’s second run with his school-record hit in the fourth. The Weevils plated a run off an Augustana error in the top of the fifth. Lang had RBIs in his final two at bats, a single to left in the seventh and getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth. Senior D’Marco Poindexter accounted for UAM’s final run in the eight with an RBI single that bounced into the outfield off the pitcher’s mound.
Augustana was led by Marcus ONeill’s 4-for-5 outing at the plate. Tony Viger and Jacob James each added two hits for the Vikings. Augustana totaled 13 hits in the contest.
Junior Kregg Snook (5-2) took the loss in relief after giving up three runs off five hits in three innings of work. In addition to his two hits, Viger (2-1) also recorded the win on the mound after giving up three runs off three hits in 3.2 innings of relief. Of the seven pitchers sent to the mound for Augustana, Viger lasted the longest. No other pitcher had more than two innings on the mound, including a pair that did not register an out before being pulled.
The Weevils broke school records in overall wins and conference wins during the 2014 season, in addition to capturing the program’s first NCAA tournament berth. In addition to Agredano’s record for hits in a single season, Snook became UAM’s new leader in single season pitching appearances. Friday’s appearance was Snook’s 30th of the season.