The 13th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team was limited to just three hits in an 8-4 Great American Conference series-opening loss to Henderson State at home on Friday.
In addition to managing just three hits, the Weevils (12-4, 4-3 GAC) committed a season-high five errors resulting in six unearned runs for the Reddies (5-11, 4-3 GAC). HSU recorded 15 hits in Friday’s contest, marking the most UAM has given up in a single game so far this season.
The Reddies started the scoring with three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning and added another in the fifth on an RBI single by Hayden Lessenberry to give put UAM down 4-0.
The Weevils cut the deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from senior Ben Agredano and an RBI groundout by junior Austin Braddock.
HSU was next to strike with one run in the top of the seventh when junior starting pitcher Logan Johnson was called for a balk with runners on second and third. That gave the Reddies a 5-2 lead.
UAM climbed to within one run with two runs in the top of the seventh on a RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore Mitchell Dornblut a sac fly from sophomore catcher Travis Steinke.
The Reddies took advantage of a pair of UAM errors in the top of the eighth to plate the final three runs of the game.
Johnson (3-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season after giving up six runs (two earned) off 12 hits in the first seven innings. Colton Lorance (2-1) earned the win for HSU after giving up two runs off three hits in the first six innings.
The two squads wrap up the three-game series on Saturday with a double header starting at noon at Weevils Field.