Senior Kade Garlington kept the 17th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team’s chances of winning the series alive by tossing a three-hitter in the Weevils’ 11-1 win over 18th-ranked Arkansas Tech in the nightcap of a Great American Conference road double-header on Friday at Tech Field.
Arkansas Tech (17-6, 8-3 GAC) won the first game 12-7.
In addition to Garlington’s fifth win on the mound (5-2), the Weevils (17-9, 8-6 GAC) posted six extra base hits, including three homeruns, in the nightcap victory out of nine total hits to salvage the double-header split.
Senior Ray Johnson led the way for the Weevils with five hits and five runs batted in combined between the two games. Johnson’s hot streak has left him with seven extra base hits in the last three games. He went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the first game, before going 2-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a homerun in the nightcap.
Johnson started the scoring in the second game with a two run shot to left in the top of the first inning. UAM added four more in the top of the fourth, highlighted by a two-run double from sophomore Evan Comeau.
The Weevils went up 9-0 in the fifth on a pair of long balls. Junior Bronson Gillam smashed a one-out solo homerun to left before senior Chad Miller laced a two-run shot over the left field wall two batters later.
After Tech posted its only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, UAM finalized the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on back-to-back extra-base hits – an RBI triple from senior Ben Agredano followed by an RBI double from Johnson.
In the opener, the Wonder Boys fought back from deficits on two different occasions and put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the eighth due in part to three walks and a UAM fielding error.
UAM led 7-6 after scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run single from junior Austin Braddock. However, the Wonder Boys responded with six unanswered runs to close out the game, two in the bottom of the seventh and the four-run eighth. Only one of ATU’s final six runs was earned. UAM walked six batters in the final two frames.
In addition to Johnson’s 3-for-5 game, senior Alex Lang chipped in with three hits as well in four at bats.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: With high percentages of precipitation in the forecast, Saturday’s series finale and series-deciding contest has been moved up to a 10 a.m. start at Tech Field.