UAM Baseball Hosts Rangers In GAC Opener

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball squad opens the Great American Conference portion of the 2013 schedule this weekend at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

   UAM enters this weekend’s series against the Rangers with a 4-3 overall record following a three-game sweep over Northwest Missouri State last weekend by scores of 19-7. 8-7 and 11-1. The Boll Weevils started the season with a 1-3 showing in the Astros in Action DII Invitational at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

   The Rangers are 6-1 overall this season, most recently posting a three-game sweep over Lincoln (Mo.) this past weekend at home. NWOSU outscored Lincoln 34-12 in that series. NWOSU opened the season two weekends ago taking three of four games against Huston Tillotson on the road.

   The Rangers rank fourth in the GAC so far in hitting with a team clip of .321, posting 71 hits in 221 at bats. NWOSU ranks second in the league in pitching with a team earned run average of 2.88 and an opponent batting average of .211. NWOSU’s Trevor Long leads the conference with a .583 batting average, posting 14 hits in 24 at bats.

   UAM ranks sixth in the league with a team .315 batting average. Leading the way is senior Taylor Eaves, who is seventh in the league in average (.467) and third in total hits (14).

   UAM head coach John Harvey looks for his starting pitching to continue its recent success this weekend against the Rangers. UAM starters Bobby Bryan, Chris Guzman and Kenny Marshall all threw at least five innings this past weekend in their starts against Northwest Missouri State. Bryan and Marshall each recorded wins, while Guzman got help from senior Brent Noble, who has allowed just one run off three hits in 6.1 innings of relief this season, picking up a pair of wins in the process.

   Marshall (1-0) ranks fifth in the league with an 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings of work this season.

   Live stats of all three games this weekend will be available at uamsports.com.

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