Weevils Take Game 1 From NWOSU, Game 2 Suspended

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team opened Great American Conference play with a 12-3 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Friday at home. Game two of the three-game series was suspended after eight full innings with the scored tied 6-all. Game two will resume in the top of the ninth inning on Saturday at noon, followed immediately by the series finale.

   In the series opener, the Boll Weevils (5-3, 1-0 GAC) used a combined six runs batted from its eight and nine hole hitters and drew a total of nine bases on balls, while getting 7.1 quality innings out of starter Bobby Bryan to allow for the lop-sided victory.

   The Rangers (6-2, 0-1 GAC) got on the board first with a pair of extra base hits in the top of the first inning, including an RBI double from Juan Natal.

   UAM answered with three runs in the second and four runs in the third, highlighted by an RBI double from junior Stephen Martinez and bases-loaded walks from junior D’Marco Poindexter and junior Tyler Caruthers in the second and a two RBI single from junior Alex Lang in the third.

   The Weevils went up 10-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a two run double from senior Taylor Eaves and an run-producing sacrifice flyout from Caruthers.

   NWOSU plated its final two runs in the top of the eight on back-to-back run producing hits – a triple from Juan Natal, followed by a single from Michael Morales.

   UAM finalized the scoring in the bottom of the eighth, getting two runners on base via walk, followed an RBI single from Lang and a sac fly from Poindexter.

   After allowing two hits and a run in the first inning, UAM senior Bobby Bryan held NWOSU to only three base runners over the next five innings. Bryan (2-1) finished the game allowing three runs off eight hits with one strikeout and only two walks. Junior reliever Kade Garlington closed the door on the Rangers, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts in the final 1.2 innings.

   NWOSU’s Jason Martyn (2-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs off seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks in the first 3.1 innings.

   UAM looked to be set for a repeat performance in the second game of the day, coming out with four hits and five runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a three-RBI triple from Alex Lang.

   NWOSU starter Clay Thomas quieted the UAM rally from that point, keeping UAM scoreless over the next three innings while his team plated three runs in the second and two runs in the fifth to force a 5-all tie.

   UAM took a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Caruthers crossed the plate on a double play. NWOSU answered in the top of the sixth on an RBI sacrifice fly out from Juan Natal.

   UAM left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and left two runners stranded in the bottom of the eighth. NWOSU had a runner on second base when the final out was made in the eighth before the game was suspended due to darkness.

   When play resumes on Saturday, NWOSU will have its fifth, sixth and seventh place hitters up, while UAM will rebut with two-hole hitter, Tyler Caruthers in the bottom of the frame.

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