The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team recorded its first series victory over Southern Arkansas since 2001 by winning the first game of Saturday’s double header by a final score of 3-2 at Weevils Field. SAU won the series finale 3-0.
The 25th-ranked Weevils (33-13, 22-8 Great American Conference) took the series in dramatic fashion, plating three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first game on a two-run double from senior Tyler Caruthers and a game-ending RBI single from senior Alex Lang.
No. 12 SAU (34-16, 18-12 GAC) went up 2-0 in the top of the ninth inning on back-to-back doubles from Jon Phillips and Telvin Darden. UAM senior D’Marco Poindexter gunned down Darden at the plate trying to score on a single by Kory Keith in the next at bat to kill the SAU rally. The Muleriders opened the low-scoring affair on an RBI single from Tyler Cameron in the top of the second inning.
Junior Kregg Snook (3-1) earned his second win of the series, both in relief, holding the Muleriders to just one run off four hits in the final 3.2 innings. SAU’s Blake Sullivan (2-3) took the loss after exiting the game following a walk to UAM senior Justin Hollis, who later scored the game-winning run on Lang’s hit.
In the series finale, SAU starter Yumezo Densaki (4-3) kept the UAM hitters off balance the entire game, scattering five hits with eight strikeouts and only one walk in his complete-game victory.
SAU plated its runs on back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth from Justin Buchanan and Josh Rodriguez. Rodriguez gave SAU its insurance run on an RBI single in the top of the sixth to finalize the scoring.
UAM junior starter Austin Braddock (4-1) took the loss after giving up three runs off eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the first six innings. Junior Corbin Bell threw a scoreless seventh.
With Saturday’s game one victory on Saturday, UAM has surpassed its win total from a year ago. The 33 wins this season now ranks second all-time in program history. The Weevils need just one more win to tie the program’s all-time record of 34 accomplished during the 2005 season (34-25).
The Weevils have earned the No. 2 seed in the GAC Championship Tournament to be played May 3-6 at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. UAM will open up against No. 5 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m.