Ninth-inning rally falls short for ECU

Skylee Glass | ECU CommunicationsAnderson Allen, a freshman from Ada High School, finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in East Central’s 9-5 loss to Arkansas-Monticello Thursday afternoon at Ken Turner Field. The Tigers host Oklahoma Baptist at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a non-conference matchup.

Ada High School product Anderson Allen finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the East Central University baseball team saw a nine-inning rally fall just short in a 9-5 loss to Arkansas-Monticello Thursday afternoon at Ken Turner Field.

The Tigers lost for the ninth straight time, falling to 3-24 on the year and 3-12 in Great American Conference play. The Boll Weevils improved to 14-8 and 11-4.

The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday.

Allen, a freshman, started the ECU comeback bid by leading off the ninth with a walk. A one-out single by Josh Lincoln put runners at the corners.

Jace Williams, a freshman from Latta High School, then drove in a run via a groundout to trim the UAM lead to 9-2.

Pinch hitter Drew Reed delivered an RBI single to right field to drive home Lincoln and make it 9-3.

Dale High School product Dylan Lang followed a base hit, and he and Reed advanced to second and third after a wild pitch.

DH Ryan White then drove both runners home with a two-RBI single to cut the UAM advantage to 9-5.

Monticello relief pitcher Shane Fontenot used a strikeout to end the game.

David Reyna led an 11-hit UAM offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Both Jordan Johnson and Andrew Piraino had two hits and two runs scored.

Lang led an ECU offense that compiled 10 hits. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Lincoln went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and walked three times at the top of the ECU lineup.

Hunter Huckabee earned the mound win for the Boll Weevils. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed just one earned run in six innings.

Johnny Chavez absorbed the loss. He struck out two, walked three and allowed four earned runs in 5.2 innings.

East Central hosts Oklahoma Baptist at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a non-conference matchup at Ken Turner Field.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.