Ben Agredano

Ben Agredano

The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team recorded its second straight Great American Conference series sweep with a pair of wins over East Central at home on Sunday.

UAM won the first game 11-5 and completed the sweep with a 7-3 victory in the series finale.

The UAM offensive production carried over from Saturday into Sunday as the Weevils (24-10, 14-7 GAC) finished the weekend with a .347 batting average, recording 35 runs, 33 hits, 11 doubles and 20 walks throughout the three-game series. The UAM pitching staff posted a plus-10 margin in team earned run average. The Weevil hurlers had a 3.75 ERA in comparison to ECU’s 13.29.

In Sunday’s first game, each team plated one run in the first inning, including an RBI single from UAM senior Ben Agredano in the bottom half of the frame. Agredano drove in UAM’s next run on an RBI groundout in the second.

UAM added four runs in the third to take 6-1 lead, featuring sacrifice flies from Agredano and senior Chad Miller, as well as an RBI single from senior Tyler Caruthers.

The Tigers (20-13, 9-9 GAC) added four runs over the next three innings, including a solo homerun by Garrett Donohoe in the fifth. ECU’s final three runs came with the help of three UAM errors.

The Weevils finalized their scoring with three runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh, highlighted by RBI doubles from junior Bronson Gillam and Miller.

Senior Kade Garlington (7-2) picked up his seventh win of the year after giving up four runs (two earned) off five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in the first six innings. Sophomore Zach McKnight earned his first save of the year by allowing only one ECU hit in the final three innings.

In the second game, UAM answered ECU’s three runs in the top of the second run with five in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Gillam’s third homerun of the weekend, a solo shot to right field. Agredano, senior D’Marco Poindexter, sophomore Evan Comeau and Agredano all had run-producing singles in the rally.

Senior Alex Lang gave UAM a 6-3 lead with an RBI double in the fourth, just his second extra base hit of the season after getting his first in Sunday’s first game.

Agredano finalized the series scoring with his 11th RBI of the weekend on an double to right in the sixth inning.

Junior Austin Braddock (2-0) earned the win after giving up three runs off four hits with five strikeouts and five walks in the first five innings. Senior Jeff Harvill earned his seventh save of the season after throwing two innings of no-hit baseball with three strikeouts and two walks.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: The midweek game against Delta State has been pushed back a day to Wednesday, April 2. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Ferris Field in Cleveland, Miss.