Late Inning Woes Castly for Storm

Southeastern lost leads on both ends of Saturday's double-header and gave up runs late to drop both games against Arkansas-Monticello, falling 9-6 in game one before getting tripped up 3-2 in eight innings in the nightcap.

The Savage Storm slip to 17-15 overall on the season and 10-10 in Great American Conference play with the final game of the series slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

SE got down 2-0 in game one when UAM put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, one of which was due to an error.

The Storm got one of those runs back, however, in the fifth when Trevor Bowen came home on a passed ball.

Southeastern then picked up the pace in the sixth, starting when Nick Grimmett scored after an Aaron Chalk sac bunt attempt was thrown wide of first base.

Bowen then followed by driving in Chalk and Travis Caraway to put SE in front 4-2.

Ryan Salter then pushed the lead to 5-2 with a double down the leftfield line to score Bowen.

UAM, however, would pick up three runs on three hits and an SE error in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game at 5-5.

The Storm would return the favor and take advantage of a pair of UAM errors with Tucker Alexander coming home when Troy McCartney laid down a sac bunt that was off the mark at first to take a 6-5 lead.

The Boll Weevils, however would come back with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth to hand SE the loss as the Storm was unable to get anything going in the ninth.

Alexander and Bowen each turned in two-hit contests, while five others picked up a hit in the game.

Bowen chipped in two RBI and Salter added one.

Brandon Marris tossed 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits with three strikeouts.

Cameron Mann came one on the sixth and tossed the final 2.2 innings but was hit for four runs on five hits despite striking out six en route to his first loss of the season.

The Storm struck first in the nightcap when Bowen picked up his third RBI of the day on a single to right that plated Evan Ramsey and put SE up 1-0 in the top of the second inning.

UAM, however, answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs on two hits.

Both teams posted zeros over the next three innings before Chalk would drive in a run in the top of the sixth to knot the game at 2-2.

That's where it would stay after the seven scheduled innings, but the Weevils would find a run in extras before the Storm and hand SE a 3-2 loss.

Southeastern posted a 9-to-5 edge in hits, with Ramsey posting a 3-for-4 contest while six others each added a hit.

Chalk and Bowen each drove in a run.

Vance Woodruff picked up his fifth complete game in 10 starts, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out 10, but despite that he saw his record slip to 2-7 on the year with the loss.


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