The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team took down East Central University twice on Saturday afternoon to claim a series sweep over the Tigers. The Weevils came out off the first game of the day with a 12-0 win, and finished the final game of the series with a 2-0 win over ECU.
Junior LHP Mason Philley did something today that most pitchers only dream of achieving. In Game 1 of the doubleheader between UAM and ECU, Philley threw a perfect game as the Boll Weevils took the game in seven innings from the Tigers. Throughout the match, not a single runner reached first and no batter earned a hit. He struck out 10 different batters in an absolutely dominant performance on the mound. The left-hander has an experience to be proud of as the Weevils come out of the weekend with a series sweep over East Central.
The Monticello ball players were the first and only team to score, posting six runs in the first, three runs in the second, another run in the third, and their final two in the sixth.
Grant Shepherd received an RBI for the first run of the game when he walked in Chase Cripps. Hudson Hopkins also walked in Jordan Johnson. Jalyn Williams hit his first career home run with the Weevils, driving a grand slam over the deck in left field to give UAM a 6-0 lead on the Tigers.
Chase Cripps got the momentum moving in the second inning when he launched a solo home run of his own over the center field wall. Jordan Johnson scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch, and Reece Reading scored the final run on a Hudson Hopkins single to center field.
BJ Lee went yard for his first home run as a Boll Weevil as well. Sending a seed of a line drive over the left field fence to give UAM a 10-0 lead over ECU.
The Weevils would win the match 12-0.
The second match was a slow match for both teams as there was only two runs scored between them.
The Weevils would cruise through game 2, winning the match 2-0 over the Tigers.
Mason Philley was perfect on the mound in Game 1, totaling 7.0 innings pitched with 0 runs allowed, 0 hits, 0 walks, and 10 strikeouts on the day.
Spencer Johnston started Game 2, dishing out a full game, 7.0 innings pitched for the Weevils. He struck out a total of eight batters, while only allowing five hits.
Chase Cripps – 4-for-8 on the day with a home run, two doubles, and two RBIs.
Hudson Hopkins – 2-for-3 in Game 1 with three RBIs.
Jalyn Williams – a Home Run in Game 1 with 5 RBIs on the day.
BJ Lee – a Home Run in Game 1.
The two victories push Arkansas-Monticello to 13-13 on the season and gives the Weevils a chip on their shoulder as they prepare for their upcoming mid-week with Union University.
Arkansas-Monticello is back at Weevils Field on Tuesday, Mar. 29 as they travel to Jackson, TN for a mid-week game with Union University. The match is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
We’d like to give a big shoutout to today’s gameday sponsor, Paradigm Fitness. Thank you for your continued support of UAM Athletics!