The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team completed a three-game sweep Saturday over 30th-ranked Harding with a 6-4 victory at Weevils Field.
UAM won the first game 13-3 in seven innings and took game two by a final score of 4-0 on Friday.
In Friday’s double-header, Junior Austin Braddock homered twice and seniors Kade Garlington and Jeff Harvill combined for a four-hit shutout.
In the first game, Braddock hit the first of his two homeruns with a two-run shot to left field in the bottom of the second inning to open the scoring.
Harding quickly responded by scoring its three runs in the top of the third to take its first and only lead of the day.UAM plated four more in the bottom half of the third, highlighted by a two-run double from senior Ray Johnson. That followed an RBI double from senior Ben Agredano in the previous at bat. UAM scored its final run of the inning off a Harding error.
The Weevils pushed across another run in the fourth before finalizing the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, featuring Braddock’s second long ball of the game, this time to left center.
Agredano led the Weevils offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Braddock and senior Alex Lang also finished with multiple hits.
Junior Logan Johnson (4-2) earned the win in complete-game fashion, giving up three runs off seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks in his seven innings of work. Cameron Walker (2-2) took the loss for Harding after giving up eight runs off eight hits in the first five innings.
In the second game, Garlington retired the first 10 Harding batters consecutively, and his teammates built a 3-0 lead through the first three innings. Junior Bronson Gillam drove in Ray Johnson in the second inning to open the scoring. UAM scored two in the third, featuring an RBI double from senior Justin Hollis, who later scored on a wild pitch.
UAM plated its final run off a rundown in the sixth. Senior Chad Miller was the only Weevils with multiple hits in the second game, going 2-for-3
Garlington (6-2) gave up only four hits and struck out two in the first 6.1 innings. Senior Jeff Harvill induced a game-ending double play in the only batter he faced in the seventh. Collin Campbell (4-1) took the loss for the Bisons, giving up four runs off seven hits in the first 5.2 innings.
In Saturday’s game, Braddock threw five perfect innings to start the game as his teammates built a 6-0 lead with two runs in the second inning and another four in the fourth.Senior D’Marco Poindexter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second for the game’s first score.
The second run of the inning crossed the plate on a bases-loaded double play. In the fourth, UAM (21-10, 11-7 GAC) strung together five hits for its final four runs, highlighted by RBI doubles from Poindexter and Agredano.
Harding (16-12, 8-7 GAC) held UAM to just three hits in the final four innings.
After being shutout down in order throughout the first five frames, the Bisons struck through for their only four runs off six hits in the top of the sixth inning.
Braddock’s relief – sophomore Zach McKnight, junior Kregg Snook and senior Jeff Harvill – kept the Bisons off the board on five hits in the final three innings.
Harvill recorded a two-inning save, his sixth of the season. Braddock finished with four runs allowed off five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in the first five innings.
Agredano and senior Tyler Caruthers each had three-hit performances in Saturday’s win. Sophomore Evan Comeau went 2-for-3. UAM finished with 13 total hits, the second time this weekend to reach that mark.
Logan Holthaus (3-1) took the loss for Harding, giving up six runs off 11 hits in the first 4.1 innings.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Tuesday’s schedule double-header at Lyon College has been cancelled. Next on the schedule is a three-game GAC series against East Central next Friday and Saturday (March 28-29) at home.