Warriors rally, top Lynx
MEMPHIS — The Hendrix College baseball team scored three runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings, then scored four in the 12th to defeat Rhodes College 13-9 in extra innings at Stauffer Field on Friday afternoon.
The Warriors (4-5, 1-0 SAA) gave up five runs in the first to the Lynx (6-3, 0-1). Ryan Olive had a three-run homer for Rhodes in the inning.
Hendrix answered in the top of the second when freshman left fielder Wyatt Hogan crushed a grand slam to make the game 5-4.
Rhodes managed two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to regain a 9-6 advantage. The Warriors answered back at the top of the ninth to tie up the game.
Two errors to start the top of the 12th set up a four-run inning for the Warriors. Collin Radack and freshman shortstop James Martin each had RBI in the frame and junior Ryan Ritz had a two-run single as well.
Radack went 3-for-7 with thee runs scored and a RBI for Hendrix. Hogan had two hits, including the grand slam. Olive went 4-for-5 with three RBI for the Lynx. Third baseman Josh Keen also had three hits, including a double.
Junior reliever Nick Land (1-1) earned the win for the Hendrix, fanning a career-high eight batters and allowing just three hits, two runs and two walks over five innings.
Hendrix and Rhodes will finish the series on Saturday with a double-header beginning at 11 a.m.
A-State drops first road contest
BIRMINGHAM — The Arkansas State baseball team dropped a 5-0 decision to the UAB Blazers Friday at Regions Field, home of the Chicago White Sox’s Double-A affiliate Birmingham Barons, in Birmingham, Ala.
UAB (9-1) blew the game open after Bryan Ayers came in to relieve A-State’s Bradley Wallace in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Blazers leading 1-0. Ayers gave up a single, walk, single, and walk while giving up one run before he gave way to Colton Kibler.
Kibler struck out the first batter he faced after relieving Ayers, but gave up a one-run single before getting a fly out to left for the second out of the inning. Coulton Lee came in to relieve Kibler and gave up two RBI walks before a fly out ended the inning. UAB’s total damage for the inning was four runs as the Blazers took a 5-0 lead over the Red Wolves (5-5) into the sixth inning.
A-State’s Zach George extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the top of the sixth inning and the Red Wolves got runners on the corners with two outs. The threat was quelled when Derek Birginske struck out to end the inning and Arkansas State would only manage one more hit the rest of the game.
Wallace took the loss for A-State after giving up one run on six hits in four innings of work, while also walking four and striking out three.
Offensively, Zach Maggio led A-State with two hits and Stuart Levy extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The only other bright spot for the Red Wolves was reliever Cody Woodhouse, who came in to pitch three scoreless innings and only allowed two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
A-State continues its series with UAB at Regions Field with the second game of the three-game series set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Harding wins shutout
SEARCY — Harding used a four-run seventh inning and 7 2/3 shutout innings from starter Cameron Walker to defeat Southeastern Oklahoma 6-0 in the first game of a three-game Great American Conference series Friday at Jerry Moore Field.
The teams play a doubleheader Saturday at noon to conclude the series.
Walker (2-0) allowed only five hits and two walks and struck out a career-high 12 for his second straight win. He worked out of Southeastern’s first serious scoring opportunity in the third inning. The Savage Storm (9-6, 4-3) loaded the bases with two out, but Walker struck out his second hitter of the inning to end the threat.
Walker struck out at least one batter in each of his first six innings and fanned two in the first and fourth innings.
Harding (10-5, 3-1) blew the game open in the seventh. The Bisons sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and took a 6-0 lead. Noah Chandler led off the inning with a single and came around to score on John Chapman’s ground out to third base. Trent Wooldridge, who had two hits in the game, added an RBI single, and Calhoun drove in another run with his second hit.
The Bisons’ final run came when Zac Stewart stole home on a double steal with two outs. It was the third time this season a Harding player has stolen home.
Biggerstaff, Bears beat North Dakota
CONWAY, Ark. _ Senior righthander Bryce Biggerstaff tied his career high with nine strikeouts Friday as the University of Central Arkansas Bears (4-4) beat North Dakota 6-1 in non-conference action at Bear Stadium.
Biggerstaff allowed just one run, a home run by UND first baseman Jeff Campbell in the fourth inning, and walked one to improve to 2-1 on the young season. Senior lefthander Scott Zimmerle faced four batters in the ninth inning after going 2 for 4 with an RBI as the designated hitter.
Biggerstaff, a senior from Sherwood, threw 105 pitches, 70 for strikes. Dough Votolato, a senior from Flower Mound, Texas, finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Scott Zimmerle was 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Wesley Hoover was 2 for 4 with a run scored and Nick Rougeau was 3 for 3 with a run.
The Bears face UND again at 11 a.m. Saturday, and also face Illinois State at 5:30 on Saturday.
Wonder Boys beat East Central
RUSSELLVILLE — James Sharp went 2-for-4 with five RBIs, Mike Kattula went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Patrick Castleberry went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs as the No. 17 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (12-3, 4-0 GAC) baseball team picked up a 12-2 run-rule victory over the East Central Tigers (6-9, 1-4 GAC) on Friday afternoon at Tech Field.
The game started off with a scoreless first inning. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Sharp hit a three-run double to give the Wonder Boys a 3-0 lead over the Tigers. Castleberry hit a homer over the left field wall to add two more runs to the board and make it 5-0 after two.
In the bottom of the third, Kattula smashed a home run to left field to add another run for the Wonder Boys and increase their lead to 6-0.
The Wonder Boys had eight hits and five walks on the day. Ryan Taylor improved to 2-1 on the season after pitching the full seven innings and giving up just one earned run on six hits. He also struck out nine batters.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at Tech Field.
Reddies topple No. 13 UAM
MONTICELLO — Henderson State had a season-high 15 hits as the Reddies beat 13th-ranked Arkansas-Monticello 8-4, Friday.
Henderson State (5-11, 4-3 GAC) entered the game with a team .225 batting average. However, the Reddies turned in their best offensive outing of the season against one of the best pitching teams in the league.
Henderson State got on the board in the fourth-inning scoring three unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead.
HSU added a run in the fifth.
UAM (12-4, 4-3 GAC) put together three hits in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 4-2.
In the Reddie seventh, Hunter Mayall scored on a balk to increase the Reddie lead to 5-2.
The Boll Weevils scored a pair of runs in bottom of the seventh without the use of a hit as UAM benefitted from a pair of walks and a Reddie fielding error.
Leading 5-4 in the eighth, the Reddies again struck for three runs with Carlos Rodriguez and Matt Evans having run-scoring singles in the inning.
Dylan Howell was called on to pitch the final inning for the Reddies with the freshman from North Little Rock retiring the side in order.
Three Reddies ended the game with three hits including Mayall, Hayden Lessenberry and Lance Fields.
Colton Lorance scattered three hits, allowed two runs and struck out five batters in 6 innings of work to pick up the win on the mound and improve to 2-1 on the year.
Logan Johnson suffered his first loss to fall to 3-1. The UAM hurler allowed six runs on 12 hits in seven-innings.
The two teams will finish the three-game series with a double-header Saturday beginning at noon in Monticello.