University of Arkansas at Monticello senior baseball player Corey Wood tied a school record for home runs in a season Friday afternoon to highlight a 13-3, eight-inning win for the Weevils over East Central.
Wood’s 14th home run of the year came in the bottom of the seventh inning, a three-run shot down the right field line. He ties Jamie Tucker for the single-season record, which was set in 1999. Wood is two away from tying a Great American Conference record, held by Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Jonathan Freemyer, who hit 16 in 2014.
The home run was Wood’s only hit of the game, but he also reached base on a hit by pitch and a walk.
UAM senior starter Zach McKnight (6-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season last weekend by not allowing a base runner in Friday’s game until the fifth inning. He ended the game with two runs allowed on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the first seven innings.
All nine spots in the UAM lineup had at least one hit in the win. Five had at least two hits. UAM finished with 14 total hits and scored one run in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the seventh and five in the eighth to win by the NCAA 10-run rule.
Senior Evan Comeau, senior Kevin Fitzpatrick, senior Travis Steinke, senior Nick Cerda and junior Guy Halbert all had two hits in the win.
The Weevils (24-11, 15-7 GAC) and Tigers (14-22, 13-12 GAC) are back in action on Saturday with a double-header starting at noon at Weevils Field.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”43938″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row]