The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team made six double plays and used only two pitchers in a double header sweep over Southwestern Oklahoma State at home on Saturday, winning the first game 8-1 and the second game 2-1.
The Weevils (12-2, 4-1 Great American Conference) were out hit in the first game 11-10, but junior hurler Logan Johnson received the benefit of double plays in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings to get himself out of jams and toss his second complete game of the season. Johnson (3-0) allowed just one run off 11 hits with four strikeouts and one walk in his nine innings of work.
UAM struck first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run single from sophomore Evan Comeau followed by an RBI single from senior Ben Agredano.
Junior Austin Braddock gave UAM a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth with sacrifice fly to left to drive in senior D’Marco Poindexter, who singled and moved around the bases on a walk and a hit by pitch.
The Weevils took advantage of a pair of SWOSU errors in the fifth to plate two runs and take a 6-0 lead. UAM added two more in the fifth on an RBI double from junior Bronson Gillam, who later scored on a run-producing single from Poindexter.
SWOSU (3-7, 1-4 GAC) scored its lone run in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Jonathan Johnson (1-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs after allowing six runs (four earned) off seven hits in the first five innings.
In the second game, senior Kade Garlington (2-2) sealed the series victory for the Weevils after giving up only one run off six hits in his first complete game of the season.
UAM started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a sac fly from Braddock to plate Agredano, who doubled earlier in the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. Agredano finalized UAM’s scoring with an RBI single in the third to plate senior Alex Lang, who led off the inning with a single down the right field line.
SWOSU scored its lone run in the fourth on an RBI single from Jiro Morales. The Bulldogs had runners on second and third with one out in the fifth, but SWOSU’s Cam’ron Summers was gunned down at the plate by senior Tyler Caruthers trying to tag up on a fly out to end that threat. SWOSU threatened again in the sixth with runners on first and second with one out, but an unassisted ground ball double play to shortstop Evan Comeau ended that rally.
Ethan Davis (1-1) took the complete-game loss for the Bulldogs, giving up two runs off five hits with five strikeouts.
UAM goes for the series sweep on Sunday in a single nine-inning game starting at noon at Weevils Field.