By Daniel Johnson, Sports Editor
The nationally ranked Wildcat baseball team swept a four-game series against East Central this weekend to remain undefeated at home and extend its record to 10-2.
The biggest wins of the weekend for the No. 18 Wildcats were a two-game tromping of Tigers on Saturday. ACU won both games Saturday, 20-0 and 25-4, and both games Friday, 6-1 and 7-0.
“We came out, and we hit the ball well and did everything we need to do,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “It was just one of those days when the wind’s blowing in our favor.”
ACU outplayed, outscored (58-5) and out hit (59-20) the Tigers over the weekend in the sweep, and ACU’s pitchers only allowed two earned runs in 28 innings pitched. All four of ACU’s starting pitchers picked up wins over the weekend.
“That’s what you got to do to win at home,” Bonneau said. “You got to take care of business.”
The two most consistent bats of the Wildcats over the weekend were third baseman Alec Sowards and shortstop Willy Uechi. Sowards was 8-14 at the plate with five runs scored, two doubles, one triples, two homeruns and 10 RBI. Uechi, a freshman walk-on, was 10 for 15 with eight runs scored, one double and nine RBI.
“Both of them had a great game,” Bonneau said.
Bonneau said to have such a consistent hitter that is a freshman like Uechi is a pleasant surprise.
“He’s definitely a surprise, but he has earned everything that he’s accomplished,” Bonneau said.
Uechi is also an asset on defense as he fills in and performs wherever Bonneau puts him.
“He’s one of those kids that works hard and allows us to have a kid that plays three different positions,” Bonneau said. “He just has to keep working hard and doing what he’s doing.”
The Wildcats have a consistent lineup with a team .394 batting average and a bullpen that has a 2.52 ERA
ACU’s next series will be against Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla. Feb. 23-24.