Aaron Gaela

MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team dropped a midweek contest against former Gulf-South foe Delta State Tuesday. After a hot start the Weevils went cold at the plate falling 10-4 at Weevils field.

UAM (3-4, 3-3 GAC) was initially slated to open the season with a three game home series against the Statesmen (6-7), but had to cancel due to weather complications. This was their first official home game of the season, after beginning their 2021 season with two conference bouts on the road.

The Weevils jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning off of a three-run home run by Aaron Gaela, forcing the Statesmen to relieve Starting Pitcher Cooper Brune after only one inning of work.

DSU responded scoring in the next four innings. UAM starter Trent Bunting surrendered one run in the second inning and three more in the third before being replaced on the mound to start the fourth.

Gaela would tie the score up with his fourth RBI of the contest in the bottom of the third on a run scoring single to left field.

Connor Wilkerson took the mound in relief in the top of the fourth and quickly ran into trouble as the Statesmen loaded the bases. Wilkerson gave up four runs on three hits and one error in the frame.

The Weevils went to the bullpen again to start the fifth turning to right-hander Rigell Robinson who allowed two more runs in his first inning of work. Robinson settled in after that pitching three scoreless inning to finish his appearance.

Trent Clark finished the game on the bump for UAM dealing a scoreless frame in the ninth.

The offense went quiet for the Weevils after the third inning going hitless over the final six innings.

Gaela led the early attack for the UAM offense going 2-for-3 with a home run and driving in all four runs for the Weevils.

Wilkerson (L, 0-1) ended with the loss giving up four runs on three hits in his only inning of work.

Jackson Rutledge (W, 1-0) earned the win for DSU allowing just one run in four innings on the mound.


The Weevils look to bounce back at home this weekend hosting conference opponent Arkansas Tech for a three-game series Friday and Saturday. First pitch of game one is set for 2 p.m.