The University of Arkansas at Monticello collected its 10th consecutive victory on Friday night in a 7-5 win over Arkansas Tech on the road to open a three-game Great American Conference series.
UAM (21-7, 13-3 GAC) opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from senior catcher Travis Steinke and another run scoring on a double play.
Tech (14-20, 7-12 GAC) got on the board for the first time on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third inning. UAM went up 4-1 with another two runs in the top of the sixth inning on a sac fly from senior left fielder Kevin Fitzpatrick and an RBI single from sophomore centerfielder Brian Ray.
Arkansas Tech took advantage of one of five UAM errors to score one run in the bottom of the sixth to cut their deficit in half.
UAM got the next three runs, scoring off a wild pitch in the top of the seventh and a two-run homerun from senior right fielder Corey Wood in the top of the ninth. It was Wood’s 10th homerun of the season, and proved to be the cushion UAM needed to earn the two-run win over Tech.
Tech’s Josh Watkins led off the bottom of the ninth with a homerun to spark a three-run inning.
Senior Zach McKnight (5-0) earned the win after giving up two unearned runs off five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the first seven innings. Sophomore Dawson Moser picked up his seventh save of the year after giving up only one hit in the final two outs of the ninth.
The Weevils and Wonder Boys wrap up the series on Saturday with a double-header starting at 1 p.m.