No. 16 Weevils fall in 12 innings
MONTICELLO – The 16th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team was unable to pull of the series sweep at home over Southwestern Oklahoma State, falling 5-4 to the Bulldogs on Sunday in 12 innings.
The Bulldogs (4-7, 2-4 GAC) 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) finalized the scoring in the first nine innings on a solo home run 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 2/3 innings of relief.
The Weevils continue their current nine-game home stand this Wednesday with a single nine-inning game against Delta State.
A-State ends losing skid
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-8 victory over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
The teams combined for 22 runs, 27 hits and seven errors on the afternoon, but it was A-State that pushed across 11 runs in the second and third innings to take a lead it would not surrender.
Matt Burgess and Ty Michelotti led the charge for the Red Wolves (4-4), as the pair combined to go 6-for-11 with three runs scored and four RBIs and one home run. Michelotti was 4-for-5 on the day, while Burgess had a grand slam in the third inning that gave A-State an eight-run advantage.
David Owen earned the win after tossing five innings and giving up six runs on eight hits. The Red Wolves’ bullpen was sharp again, giving up just two runs in four innings of work, highlighted by a perfect ninth inning from freshman Tyler Zuber.
Arkansas State will return to the diamond on Tuesday Feb. 25 for a match-up with SEMO.
Wonder Boys take down No. 7 St. Cloud
RUSSELLVILLE — Junior Patrick Castleberry went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while senior Chance Scamardo went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (11-3) took down the No. 7 St. Cloud State Huskies (2-2) 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Tech Field.
Junior Aaron Johnson took the win for the Wonder Boys after pitching six innings, fanning nine, and giving up only one run. Ethan Crocker and Jake Bell both pitched scoreless innings of relief.
The Wonder Boys will host their second conference game of the season this coming weekend Feb. 28 and March 1.
Rally comes up short for Bears
ABILENE, Texas — A day after coming back from a 7-0 deficit to beat New Jersey Institute of Technology 17-7, the University of Central Arkansas Bears’ Sunday comeback fell short in extra innings in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Highlanders at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.
The Bears (3-4) faced a 5-2 deficit through seven innings but scored twice in the eighth inning and again in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Doug Votolato, a senior outfielder, had two of UCA’s seven hits, while Ferrell had two RBI. UCA starter Connor Gilmore got a no-decision, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, walking five and striking out three. Chris Caudle was tagged with the loss.
UCA hosts Eastern Illinois in a four-game series this weekend at Bear Stadium, beginning Friday.
Hendrix takes series from Wabash
CONWAY — Senior pitcher Thomas Weber struck out seven and allowed just one hit and three walks over seven innings to lead the Hendrix College baseball team to an 8-1 win over Wabash College at Warrior Field on Sunday.
With the win, the Warriors (3-5) take two out of three games of their home-opening series.
The Orange & Black dominated on offense as well, outhitting the Little Giants (1-2) 16-2.
Junior right fielder Matt Simmons went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and stolen base for Hendrix. Senior center fielder Collin Radack had two hits, including a RBI double. Junior shortstop Ryan Ritz had two RBIs a double and single and freshman third baseman Spencer Summers came up with two hits and one RBI. Freshman first baseman Logan Hiatt had two hits, and freshman left fielder Wyatt Hogan had a pair of singles and a RBI.
The Warrior bullpen helped maintained Thomas Weber’s (1-1) strong start. Freshman lefty Colten Poellinger struck out two batters in a perfect eighth and junior Nick Land had one strikeout and gave one hit and an unearned run in the ninth.
Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play with a three-game series at Rhodes beginning Saturday.