[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team set a new program record by earning a total of seven All-Great American Conference honors for the 2014 season, according to an announcement Friday night during the league’s championship tournament opening ceremony at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
The 2013 squad tied the 1993 and 2001 teams with what was then a school record six all-conference picks. The 2014 group is headlined by first team selections Kade Garlington, Ben Agredano and Ray Johnson – all seniors. Sophomore Zach McKnight, junior Jeff Harvill, senior Alex Lang and senior D’Marco Poindexter all earned spots on the honorable mention team.
Agredano, Lang and Poindexter are all repeat selections from a year ago. All three were second team honorees following the 2013 regular season.
Agredano, UAM’s second baseman for all 46 games this season, enters the GAC Tournament as the team’s leading hitter with a .388 batting average in 183 at bats. The Anaheim, California native leads the GAC in hits (71) and ranks second in the league in batting average. He also ranks sixth in slugging percentage (.541), ninth in on-base percentage (.444), sixth in runs scored (40), third in runs batted in (46) and third in total bases (99). He was recently named UAM’s 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year.
Garlington finished the regular season tied for the league lead in wins after posting a 9-2 record in 12 starts during the regular season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native posted a 3.18 earned run average in just over 70 innings on the mound this season. He had two complete games and combined for one shutout, while totaling 44 strikeouts to 27 walks.
Johnson finished the regular season as one of four UAM players with a batting average of .300 or above. Making 44 starts in left field, Johnson enters the GAC Tournament with a .302 average after pounding out 49 hits in 162 at bats, including a team-high 13 doubles and seven homeruns. The Bossier City, Louisiana native is currently tied for second in the GAC in homeruns.
McKnight finished the 2014 regular season second on the team behind Garlington in innings pitched. The Bentonville, Arkansas native threw 62 innings this season in a total of 15 appearances. He registered a 4-3 record with a 2.90 ERA, the lowest ERA among UAM starters and sixth lowest overall in the GAC. He led UAM with a total of 51 batters struck out this season to just 19 walks allowed.
Harvill broke UAM’s single season and career record for saves in just one season and 24.1 innings pitched in 17 appearances. The Keithville, Louisiana native finished the 2014 regular season with nine saves, a 2-1 win-loss record, a 2.22 ERA and 33 strikeouts to 13 walks. He currently ranks third in the GAC in saves.
Lang has registered 43 starts at third base for UAM this season and has now started at three positions on the infield during his two-year career with the Weevils. The Sedalia, Missouri native hit .292 this season with 40 hits in 137 at bats. He led UAM and ranked fifth in the league with his .459 on base percentage after drawing 24 walks and being hit by a pitch 19 times in addition to his hits. He also had 12 successful sacrifice bunts this season, which is one off the pace for the lead in the GAC.
Poindexter has been UAM’s centerfielder for all but two games during the 2014 season. The Spring Hill, Louisiana native has totaled 42 hits in 158 at bats for a .266 batting average. He has six doubles, two homeruns, 24 RBI, and ranks second on the team behind Agredano in total runs scored with 38. He has also swiped seven stolen bases this season on eight attempts.
Seeded No. 2 in the six-team double-elimination event, the Weevils are set to open the GAC Tournament on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against No. 5 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State. All games of the tournament will be covered on the GAC Sports Network video webcast, and all of UAM’s games can also be heard on the UAM Sports Radio Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]