Cade Thompson, otherwise known as Cado Brasi, dropped two “Brasi Bombs” on Tuesday, leading the Weevils to a second victory over West Alabama in an electric, high scoring home opener at Weevils Field. UAM would win the game 12-11 behind a brilliant display of power at the plate.
UAM Baseball is no stranger to hitting for power, and in Tuesday’s match-up they proved once again how dangerous they can be at the plate. Cade Thompson had an outstanding performance, going 2-for-4 on the day with two home runs, the first being a lead-off solo shot to left in oppo-taco fashion and the other a two-run shot to deep right center; both of which were on the very first pitch of the at-bat. Combined with the two long balls, Thompson would total three runs scored, and four RBIs.
Chase Cripps and Reece Reading also had a day at the plate themselves, each hitting a home run of their own. Cripps hit a two-out jack in the bottom of the third and a two-run triple down the right field line in the fourth, ending the day 2-for-5 at the plate with a run and three RBIs. Reading led off the bottom of the fifth with a towering shot that cleared the fence in right-center field, going on to finish his day at the plate 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and an RBI.
Orlando Arevalo and Trevor Rugg also each had an RBI in the fourth. Arevalo hit an RBI double to deep center and Rugg gained his RBI from a sac-fly.
The UAM pitching staff had its work cut out for them, totaling eight different pitchers in the game. Mason Philley started on the mound, totaling 1.0 inning pitched with one run allowed on one hit. The left-hander stuck out a batter and had zero walks.
Jacob McDaniel would enter the game in the top of the second, tallying 1.0 inning pitched with two runs allowed on three hits. The right-hander also struck out two batters and had zero walks.
Rigell Robinson took his turn on the mound in the top of the third, throwing 1.0 inning with 1 runs allowed on two hits.
Payton Mayatt, Jack Barna, Trent Bunting, and Cameron Johnson also each tossed 1.0 inning for the blossoms, totaling 5 runs earned on 8 hits. Bunting struck out two batters and Johnson struck out three.
Charles Peacock (1-0) would close out the last two innings of the game for the Weevils, entering in the top of the eighth. The right-hander would put up two strike outs and one walk while allowing one hit.
The victory pushes Arkansas-Monticello to 2-0 on the season and gives the Weevils confidence as they continue to prepare for the their upcoming trip to Houston, Texas.
Arkansas-Monticello heads down to Houston, Texas to play in the Houston Astros Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park. The Weevils head out later this week, playing their first match of the tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 against the University of Central Missouri.