University of Arkansas at Monticello hitters collected 10 base hits and the Boll Weevils received four shutout innings from their bullpen in a season-opening 7-2 win over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in non-conference baseball at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
It was the first NCAA Division II baseball game of 2014 and the opening game of the Houston Winter Classic hosted by Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros.
UAM starting pitcher Josh Mingura (1-0) allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits over five innings of work. Gavin Johnston did not allow a hit or a run in three innings of relief for the Weevils, and Jeff Harvill came on to record the final three outs for UAM.
Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Ryan Taylor (0-1) surrendered three runs on four hits over three and two-thirds innings. He struck out four and walked five.
Austin Braddock put UA-Monticello in front for good with a RBI single to left in the top of the fourth inning. Braddock was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Bronson Gillam and Evan Comeau added two hits apiece for the Weevils. Gillam drove in two runs. UAM’s Corey Wood hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Sage Boehner and Mike Kattula had two hits apiece for the Wonder Boys.
Arkansas Tech will continue play in the Houston Winter Classic by taking on Winona State University for a 6 p.m. game at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, Feb. 2.