UAM lands 7 All-GAC selections

UAMUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello baseball student-athletes Andres Rios, Sean Wagner, Brian Ray, Grant Black, Kris Brown, Dawson Moser, and Nick Piraino all earned GAC all conference selections.

Rios, a junior from San Diego, California, was selected as a First-Team All-GAC second basemen after finishing the regular season with a .321 batting average, which led all GAC regular second basemen, and started in all 46 games during the year for the Weevils. Andres also provided 21 runs scored, 33 runs batted in, eight doubles, four home runs, and a field percentage of .954 throughout the season.

Wagner, a junior from Peoria, Arizona, saw himself tabbed as a Second-Team All-GAC pick at first base after leading Arkansas-Monticello in multiple categories including batting average (.344), slugging percentage (.513), triples (3), and runs batted in (39). Sean posted a fielding percentage of .988 on the year as well, along with scoring 29 runs, and hitting 11 doubles, and three home runs. He also finished ninth overall in the GAC in overall batting average, and ninth in the conference in total runs batted in.

Ray, a junior from Crossett, Arkansas, was also tabbed to the All-GAC Second-Team as an outfielder with a batting average of .310 and a team leading six home runs this season. Ray added 39 runs scored, 52 hits, and 36 runs batted in to his overall season stat-line as well. He also finished sixth in the GAC in stolen bases with 15 on the year.

Black, a senior from Newport, Arkansas, earned a Honorable Mention selection after finishing the year with a 5-5 overall record, and a 4.11 earned run average. Black totaled 56 strikeouts, five complete games and two shutouts throughout the season as well. He also finished second overall in the GAC in total innings pitched with 85.1, and fifth in opposing batting average at .236 this year.

Brown, a senior from Pioneer, Louisiana, also was picked as a Honorable Mention selection as he recorded a 5-4 record this season with two complete games and one shutout. Kris lead the Weevils in earned run average at 3.79 overall and finished seventh in the conference in the stat category as well. He also credited 41 strikeouts to his name and finished with an opposing batting average of .242 overall.

Moser, a junior from Dewitt, Arkansas, earned himself a GAC Honorable Mention selection after leading UAM in saves with six, and finished tied for fourth in the conference in the stat category as well. Dawson tallied a 1.42 earned run average in 14 relief appearances while posting a 3-1 record, and racked up 26 total strikeouts on the season.

Piraino, a senior from Fullerton, California, was selected to the All-GAC Honorable Mention squad as a shortstop with a season batting average of .337, and a field percentage of .957 overall. Nick lead the Weevils in several categories which included on base percentage (.455), runs scored (45), hits (58), at bats (172) and doubles (12). He also finished in fourth overall in the GAC in runs scored, seventh in on base percentage, and eleventh in batting average.

The Weevils will be back in action next in the first round of the GAC Championship Tournament as UAM hosts number six seed Southeastern Oklahoma State this weekend at Weevils Field in a best-of-three series with game one set for Friday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

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