The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team eclipsed the double-digit mark in scoring twice and used only three pitchers in a double-header sweep over Lemoyne-Owen College at home on Wednesday, winning the first game 10-2 and the second game 10-0.
The high run production from the Weevils (10-2) overshadowed a complete-game effort from junior Turner Neely in the first game win and a combined two-hit shutout by junior Corbin Bell and senior Russell Watts in the second game.
Neely (2-0) gave up two runs off nine hits with eight strikeouts and just two walks his seven innings on the mound in his first career start as a Weevil. In the second game, Bell (1-0) kept the Magicians hitless until fourth inning and allowed only one more hit in his six innings of work. It was Bell’s UAM debut. Watts closed the door in game two by striking out three LOC batters in the top of the seventh.
UAM was outhit in the first game 9-7, but was led by senior Ben Agredano multi-hit performance – a 2-for-4 game with two runs batted in, including an RBI double in UAM’s six-run first inning. UAM added an unearned run in the third and finalized the scoring with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single from senior Alex Lang.
Senior Chad Miller paced the UAM offense in the second half of the double header. Miller went 3-for-4, including an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Redshirt freshman Austin Williford and senior Justin Hollis also had multi-hit performances for the Weevils, marking the first hits of the season for Hollis and Williford’s first career hits. Both went 2-for-3 at the plate. Hollis laced a two-run double down the left field line in the second inning. Williford had a pair of singles to left field and an RBI groundout.
Rumeal Robinson took the loss for the Magicians (0-7) in the first game, allowing eight runs (six earned) off 10 hits in the first four innings. Malcolm Brooks was stuck with the loss in the second game after giving up seven runs off 10 hits in the first four innings.
The Weevils are back in action this weekend at home in three-game Great American Conference series against Southwestern Oklahoma State. The series has been pushed back a day, and will begin with a double header on Saturday (Feb. 22) at noon. Sunday’s series finale will also begin at noon.