Weevils drop three to Delta State

The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team suffered three losses to the 20th ranked Delta State Statesmen by scores of 12-10, 10-1 and 5-3.

In Friday’s first game of the series, UAM used a six-run fourth inning and a four-run sixth inning to tie the game at 10-all. In the fourth, junior Matthew Lewis hit a two-RBI single to right center, followed later by a two-RBI triple from junior Blaine Ivey. Juniors Tyler Henry and Richard Atwood also had run-producing at bats in the frame.

In the sixth inning, the Weevils used four consecutive run-producing at bats, including three consecutive RBI doubles. Junior Brian Johnson started the rally, followed by Ivey and Henry. Junior Matt Gardner ended the stretch with an RBI sacrifice fly-out to right field.

Delta State’s Kellen Bozeman smashed a solo homerun to left center in the bottom half of the sixth to give the Statesmen back a one-run edge. DSU finalized the game’s scoring in the bottom of the eighth with one unearned run.

Junior Casey Cathcart (1-2) took the loss after allowing Bozeman’s homerun. He also allowed one other run off four hits. DSU’s Hunter Wilson (1-0) earned the win, while teammate Lance Bishop picked up his fourth save of the season.

In the first game on Saturday, UAM scored its lone run in the top of the second inning with an RBI walk by junior Rod Williams, scoring junior Drew Harper, who singled to left earlier in the inning.

Ivey (0-1) took the loss after a rough start, giving up four runs off no hits and walking five batters in only a third of an inning. DSU’s Tyler Griffin (5-0) earned the win after going seven innings, allowing one run off six hits.

In Saturday’s second game, DSU’s four-run fourth inning proved to be enough for the win. UAM threatened in the seventh and final inning with a pair of runs, thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Johnson and Ivey.

UAM’s other run in the contest came from junior Ariel Mercedes’ first homerun of the season, a solo shot to left-center in the top of the third inning.

Henry (0-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing the final four runs off five hits in three and one third innings of work. DSU’s John Haston (5-2) was credited with the win after allowing three runs off seven hits and striking out 10 batters in his six and two thirds innings of work.

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