Sunday, May 22, 2016


ST. CLOUD, Minnesota — The 24th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team advanced to the loser’s bracket finals of the NCAA Central Region Tournament with an 18-7 win over Emporia State on Sunday at Joe Faber Field.

The fourth-seeded Weevils (39-15) have a rematch with eighth-seeded Minnesota State on Sunday at 3:50 p.m. UAM lost to MSU 7-6 on Friday. The Mavericks (36-17) are 4-0 against UAM this season, and have reached this stage of the bracket with a 1-0 win over St. Cloud State, a 7-6 win over UAM, and a 3-0 loss to Central Missouri.

In Sunday’s win over Emporia State (39-19), the Weevils tied a season-high with 20 hits and scored at least 15 runs for the fifth time of the year.

Senior left fielder Kevin Fitzpatrick went 5-for-6 at the plate for a career-high in hits. Senior right fielder Corey Wood went 4-for-6 with seven RBI and two home runs, his 24th and 25th round-trippers of the year. It tied Wood’s season-high in hits and RBI.

Senior shortstop Evan Comeau went 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Sophomore centerfielder Brian Ray with 2-for-6 with a solo home run, his 10th round-tripper of the year. Senior third baseman Nick Cerda went 2-for-5 with a solo home run. Junior designated hitter Guy Halbert was 2-for-5.

Sunday’s game against Minnesota State will be carried live on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at Cablevision will carry the game on local cable channel 17 in Monticello and Warren. Live audio and video streaming, as well as live stats, can be found at

The winner of UAM’s game against Minnesota State advances to the regional finals, and will need to defeat No. 2 seed Central Missouri twice on Monday to advance to the D2 College World Series in Cary, North Carolina.

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