The 13th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team secured its third straight Great American Conference series victory on Saturday with a pair of wins over Henderson State at home, winning the first game 8-6 and the second game 7-5.
The Weevils (14-4, 6-3 GAC) held off a late rally from the Reddies (5-13, 4-5 GAC) to get the win in game one despite only totaling four hits. HSU scored four runs in the top of the ninth in consecutive at bats with a two-run single from Matt Evans followed by a two-run homerun from Joseph Gary.
UAM scored three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth before finalizing its run production in the eighth with four runs off zero hits, one walk and three hit batters.
Junior Austin Braddock was the only Weevil with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. Sophomore Zach McKnight (2-0) earned the win after giving up two runs off four hits in the first seven innings.
In the second game, UAM built 7-1 lead after the first three innings, highlighted by a four-run second. UAM had four extra base hits in that inning – back-to-back doubles from senior Tyler Caruthers and sophomore Evan Comeau followed later in the inning by back-to-back homeruns by senior Ben Agredano and Braddock.
HSU put together a three-run sixth inning to finalize the scoring. Junior Jeff Harvill closed the door on the HSU rally by striking out four of the final five Reddie batters for his fourth save of the season.
Senior Kade Garlington (3-2) earned the win after giving up five runs off seven hits with four strikeouts in the first 5.1 innings.
The Weevils will be on the road Tuesday when they play 4th-ranked Southern Arkansas. Tuesday’s non-conference game starts at 6 p.m. in Magnolia.