Boll Weevils Sting Muleriders In Final Regular Season Game

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMAGNOLIA – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s baseball team concluded the 2013 regular season with an 11-3 win over No. 13 Southern Arkansas on the road Sunday at Walker Stadium at Goodheart Field. It is UAM’s first conference win over SAU since the 2006 season.

   UAM (29-18, 17-13 GAC) pounded out 20 hits in the win for the first time since the 2006 season. Six of the nine Boll Weevil batters had at least two hits in the win. Junior Chad Miller went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in, junior Ben Agredano went 4-for-6 with three RBI, senior Danny Loya went 3-for-5 and senior Taylor Eaves went 3-for-6.

   The UAM offensive showing overshadowed another pitching gem from senior starting pitcher Chris Guzman, who went the distance for the Boll Weevils, allowing three runs off nine hits with a career high 10 strikeouts and just one walk allowed. The El Paso, Texas native threw 146 pitches on Sunday and improves his record to 4-1.

   UAM started the scoring in the top of the first inning on a sac fly from senior T.J. Cox. SAU responded with two runs in the bottom of the second on a triple from Ryan Bell and an RBI sac bunt from William Townsend.

   The Boll Weevils took a 5-2 lead with four runs in the third inning using RBI singles from    Cox, Agredano and Miller. UAM extended that lead to 6-2 in the fourth on an RBI single from Agredano.

   SAU (36-14, 23-7 GAC) scored its final run in the sixth on an RBI double by Jackson McCurdy.

   UAM finalized the scoring with one run in the seventh and four runs in the eighth. UAM took advantage of three SAU errors to score its four runs in the eighth.

   Phillip Menou (8-3) took the loss for SAU, allowing five runs off eight hits with one strikeout and one walk in the first 2.2 innings.

   UAM has secured the No. 5 seed in next weekend’s Great American Conference Championship Tournament to be played at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. UAM will open up against the No. 2 seed, Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.

&nbsp  This is UAM’s first conference championship tournament appearance since the 2005 season.

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