The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team is headed to the finals of the 2016 NCAA Central Region Tournament following a 13-6 victory over Minnesota State on Sunday at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud Minnesota.
The Weevils (40-15) reached the 40-win mark for the first time in school history in historic fashion. The team broke records for single-season home runs (55) and single-season doubles (114). Individually, senior right fielder Corey Wood hit two home runs in the win over Emporia State to up his career total to 34, tying Jamie Tucker (1996-99) for the program’s all-time record.
Sixth-year head coach John Harvey moved into a tie with the late Carl Preston as the all-time winningest coaches in UAM baseball history. Preston was 160-212 from 1988-96. Harvey now sits at 160-124 heading into Monday’s regional finals.
In Sunday’s nightcap, the Weevils captured their first win over Minnesota State of the season in five tries. The eighth-seeded Mavericks sent the Weevils into the loser’s bracket on Friday with a 7-6 win. MSU won three close games over the Weevils in Monticello in mid February.
The Weevils carried over their offensive showing from Sunday’s first game against the Mavericks (36-18) with 17 hits. Wood went 4-for-6 with three doubles. Senior third baseman Nick Cerda went 4-for-5. Senior shortstop Evan Comeau, senior first baseman Mitchell Dornblut and sophomore center fielder Brian Ray all had two hits in the win.
UAM scored all of its runs in the middle innings with three in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and five in the sixth. The Mavericks plated all six of their runs in the bottom of the fourth to briefly hold a 6-5 lead.
Senior Kregg Snook (5-1) earned both of the wins on Sunday in relief. Sophomore Landon McFadden tallied a five-inning save against the Mavericks, giving up only one hit and striking out five MSU batters.
The Weevils will need to defeat No. 2 seed Central Missouri twice on Monday to advance to the NCAA Division II College World Series next week in Cary, North Carolina. The start time for the first game has been changed to 10 a.m. due to expected rain..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]