UAM earned its fourth Great American Conference series sweep of the season by defeating Southeastern Oklahoma State twice on Saturday by final scores of 13-3 and 6-5.
With the wins, the Weevils (30-11, 20-7 GAC) can finish no lower than second place in the GAC, meaning the team will host the first round of the conference tournament May 6-7 at Weevils Field in Monticello with the opponent to be determined by the final standings.
In Saturday’s first game, the Weevils secured the team’s eighth overall series win by using timely hitting.
Senior Kevin Fitzpatrick got it started with a bases-clearing triple in the top of the second inning. In the fourth, a three-run home run from senior Corey Wood put UAM up 6-0. It was Wood’s 17th home run of the year, setting a new Great American Conference record for a single season.
UAM added seven runs in the fifth, highlighted by a grand slam home run by senior Travis Steinke. Senior Evan Comeau, Fitzpatrick and junior Nick Piraino also had RBI at bats in the rally.
Sophomore Braden Chambers (9-0) remained unbeaten by allowing three Southeastern runs off six hits with two strikeouts and four walks in a complete-game effort, shortened by the NCAA’s 10-run mercy rule.
In the second game, the Weevils were down to their last strike in the scheduled seven-inning game, but Fitzpatrick sent the game into extras with a two-run homerun to left field. Those runs came right in the middle of UAM’s late rally that included two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings after Southeastern built a 4-0 lead to attempt to avoid being swept.
The Weevils had three hits and took advantage of one walk and one error to score two in the sixth. In the eighth, sophomore Brian Ray started the two-out rally with an infield single and moved to second on an error. Junior Alex Smith followed up with a pinch-hit RBI double down the left field line to break the tie.
Junior Guy Halbert then gave the Weevils a two-run lead by driving in Smith on an RBI single into centerfield. Southeastern rallied to score one in the bottom of the inning, but senior Kregg Snook got the final two Southeastern batted to pop out to left to end the threat.
Snook earned the save, his first of the season. Sophomore Dawson Moser (2-1) earned the win in relief by retiring all five of the batters he faced in the end of the sixth and the full seventh.
UAM closes out the 2016 regular season with four home games, starting with a non-conference game against Arkansas Tech this Tuesday, April 26 starting at 1 p.m.