Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weevils Win Tech Series

MONTICELLO - The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team secured a Great American Conference series victory by splitting a pair of lop-sided contests with Arkansas Tech on Saturday, dropping the first game 12-0 in seven innings and winning the scheduled seven-inning game 8-1.

UAM wins the series after winning Friday's game 9-4. The Weevils improve to 12-10 overall and 9-7 in GAC games. Tech drops to 18-14 overall and 6-8 in GAC games.
In the first game, Tech jumped out to an early lead with a grand slam by Cole Fergus in the top of the first inning. The Wonder Boys added one run in the second, five runs in the fourth and two in the seventh to force a rubber match in the series finale.

Tech pitcher Trent Armstrong (3-1) held UAM to just five hits, while striking out five in a complete-game effort.

The Weevils answered the bell in the finale, hanging a pair four spots on the scoreboard in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Junior Travis Steinke started the rally in the fourth with a bases-loaded walk, followed by a two-run single from senior Bronson Gillam. Junior Nick Cerda capped the inning with an RBI single through the middle of the infield.

In the fourth, all of UAM's four runs came on one swing, a grand slam homerun from junior Corey Wood, team-high fifth round-tripper of the year.

Wood and Gillam each finished with multiple runs batted in the win, the seventh time for Wood this season and fifth for Gillam.

Senior Austin Braddock (6-1) earned the win in complete-game fashion to give the Weevils the series win. Braddock gave up one run off five hits with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The Weevils are set to begin a seven-game road stretch this upcoming Tuesday at Delta State. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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