The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team swept a double header Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma State but was unable to pull off the 3-game sweep. The Weevils fell 5-4 to the Bulldogs on Sunday in 12 innings.
The Bulldogs (4-7, 2-4 Great American Conference) salvaged one win in the three-game series by scoring an unearned and unanswered run in the top of the 12th inning when UAM junior reliever Jeff Harvill overthrew first base on a groundout to allow SWOSU’s Chris Faulkner to score from second. Faulkner singled to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position on sacrifice bunt.
UAM (12-3, 4-2 GAC) forced extra innings on an RBI single through the left side of the infield by senior Ben Agredano in the bottom of the ninth inning to score senior Alex Lang from second base. Lang drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout earlier in the inning. That finalized the scoring in regulation at three runs each.
SWOSU added a run in the top of the 11th to take a 4-3 lead, and UAM answered in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI fielder’s choice groundout from sophomore Travis Steinke to score sophomore Evan Comeau, who led off the inning by beating out a bunt single and moved to third on a single down the right field line from Agredano.
Prior to extra innings, Southwestern opened the scoring on a solo homerun from Brandon Ruiz in the top of the third. UAM senior D’Marco Poindexter forced a 1-all tie with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Bulldogs rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. UAM finalized the scoring in the first nine innings on a solo homerun from junior Austin Braddock to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning.
There were a combined 27 runners left on base in the contest. UAM left 14 stranded, including bases loaded on two different occasions, each rally stymied by a SWOSU ground ball double play.
Harvill (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) off four hits in 2.2 innings of relief. SWOSU’s Travis Leverett (2-0) earned the win in relief, giving up one run off two hits in the final 2.2 innings.
The Weevils continue their current nine-game home stand this Wednesday with a single nine-inning game against Delta State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Weevils Field. Delta State, a former conference foe for the Weevils, is ranked as high as No. 16 in the national rankings.