The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader Friday to open its three-game series against Arkansas Tech.
The Weevils fell behind early in each game and could not muster enough at the plate to come back losing game one 8-2 and game two 5-1.
At the end of the day UAM falls to 3-6 overall and 3-5 in Great American Conference play. ATU improves to 9-5 on the season and 7-1 in league contests.
Game One: ATU 8, UAM 2
UAM starter Matt Lundh ran into trouble quickly to begin the game allowing the first two hitters to reach before giving up a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run of the ballgame.
The Weevils tried to respond in the next two innings but left runners stranded.
Lundh labored in the third as ATU began to pull away plating five runs in the frame including a three-run home. Jared Roberts replaced Lundh on the mound in the inning giving up an RBI-single to close the book on Lundh’s outing.
Roberts retired the Wonder Boys in order in the fourth, but ATU managed to tack on another run in the fifth making the score 7-0 forcing the Weevils into another pitching change to start the sixth bringing in Connor Wilkerson.
Aaron Gaela put the Weevils on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo blast to left field.
The Wonder Boys responded with a solo home run in the eighth.
Jordan Johnson scored the final run of the contest on leadoff home run to start the bottom half of the eighth.
The Weevils scattered nine hits in the contest, but could not capitalize with runners on base losing 8-2 in game one.
Lundh (L, 0-1) took the loss giving up six runs in just 2.1 innings pitched. Roberts surrendered one run in 2.2 innings of work while Wilkerson went four inning allowing one run.
Patrick Miner (W, 2-1) got the win giving up one run on seven hits in six innings on the mound.
Mason Griffin (S, 2) picked up the save going the final three innings allowing one run on two hits.
Game Two: ATU 5, UAM 1
The offense from ATU carried over into the second game of the day as UAM starter Livan Cordova allowed two runners to cross the plate on three hits in the top of the first.
The Wonder Boys added another in the second inning and then got the first two hitters aboard in the third before plating another run on a sacrifice fly to end Cordova’s day.
Mason Philley took over on the bump for the Weevils and was welcomed by an RBI-single to make the score 5-0. The Monticello native settled in after that allowing just three hits the remainder of the game.
The Weevils put runners on in the bottom of the third and fourth, but could not push any runs across the plate.
UAM tried to put together a late comeback landing the bases with no outs in the seventh, but only managed to score one run on a sacrifice fly by Audy Clary ultimately dropping game two 5-1.
Cordova (L, 1-2) suffered the loss allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings pitched.
Philley dealt 4.2 scoreless innings in relief giving up just four hits while striking out four.
Hayes Cox (W, 4-0) picked up the victory giving up one run in 6.2 on the mound.
Nick Kovar (S, 1) earned the save after coming in to record the final out of the contest.
The Weevils wrap up the series with Arkansas Tech Saturday at Weevils Field. First pitch for game three is set for 1 p.m.