UAM (36-14) will face the winner of Tuesday’s semi-finals game between Harding and Southern Arkansas. The championship game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark at Enid, Okla. For the first time in the three-year history of the GAC, the winner of the tournament finals earns an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.
In the 7-1 win over Harding Monday night, UAM’s Bronson Gillam sparked a five-run sixth inning for the Weevils with a grand slam homerun to left field following singles from sophomore Evan Comeau and senior Ray Johnson, and a walk from senior Alex Lang. Travis Steinke capped the rally with two-out solo homerun to left field two batters later.
UAM added its final two runs in the seventh on a squeeze bunt from Lang and an RBI double from Ben Agredano.
Harding (28-23) opened the scoring with an RBI single by Zac Stewart in the bottom of the second inning.
Logan Johnson (5-2) earned the victory in his first game back in over a month by allowing just one run off three hits in the first six innings. Gavin Johnston earned his second save of the season by keeping the Bisons off the board on three hits in the final three innings.
Harding’s Cameron Walker (3-7) took the loss after giving up five runs off four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in the first 5.2 innings. Walker did not allow a hit until UAM’s five-run sixth inning.
The Weevils make a return trip to the GAC Tournament finals for the second straight year in just the program’s third conference tournament appearance since joining the NCAA Division II in 1995.