The 27th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team secured a berth into the Great American Conference Championship Tournament Final Four with a 7-5 win over Harding on Saturday at Weevils Field. UAM won the series 2 games to zero.
The Weevils, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face the winner of the No. 3 Southeastern Oklahoma State/No. 6 East Central opening round series on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m. All games will be played at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on the campus of Henderson State University.
In Saturday’s win over the No. 7 seeded Bisons (24-28), the Weevils (33-14) jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by back-to-back RBI singles from senior third baseman Nick Cerda and junior designated hitter Guy Halbert.
The Bisons used a pair of home runs to force a 5-all tie in the fourth inning, following a solo home run from sophomore Brian Ray in the bottom of the third to put the Weevils up by five.
Harding’s home runs came from Zach Stewart on a two-run shot in the third and a three-run shot from Davis Richardson in the fourth.
UAM senior right fielder Corey Wood finalized the scoring with his third home run of the series and 21st of the season on a long drive over the right field wall that also scored senior left fielder Kevin Fitzpatrick, who singled in the previous at bat.
Harding reached second base only once in the final five innings. The Weevils had two other scoring chances in the game, but both rallies ended with strikeouts. UAM left a total of 10 runners on base in the game.
The Weevils totaled 14 hits in the victory, led by Fitzpatrick’s 4-for-5 performance. Cerda went 3-for-4. Wood was 2-for-4.
Sophomore Braden Chambers (11-0) remained unbeaten on the year despite giving up five runs off seven hits in the first six innings. Relievers Gavin Johnston, Chad Bradford and Dawson Moser combined to allow only one hit to the Bisons in the final three innings. Moser recorded his ninth save of the season after keeping the Bisons scoreless in the top of the ninth inning.
UAM’s games at the GAC Tournament Final Four will be covered live by the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at UAMsports.com. Live stats and live streaming video coverage will also be provided by the GAC.
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