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College Baseball Round-Up for March 2

Reddies drop twin bill to No. 13 UAM

MONTICELLO — A pair of late inning rallies by Henderson State fell short as Arkansas-Monticello beat the Reddies 8-6 and 7-5, on Saturday.

The Reddies (5-13, 4-5 GAC) outhit UAM in the opener but committed three errors while Reddie pitchers walked seven batters and hit five.

Trailing 8-2 in the ninth, the Reddies rallied for four runs with Matt Evans having a two-run single, while Joseph Gary hit a two-run homer. However, the deficit was too much to overcome as UAM reliever Kregg Snook got out of the inning to end the game.

Junior Austin Braddock was the only Weevil with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. Sophomore Zach McKnight (2-0) earned the win aftergiving up two runs off four hits in the first seven innings.

In game two, UAM jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Reddies got on the board in the third-inning as Andrew Reynolds singled and later scored on an Evans sacrifice fly.

After Carlos Rodriguez drove in Henderson’s second run with a RBI single in the fourth, the Reddies scored three runs in the sixth with Reynolds driving in two runs with a single.

Rodriguez also had a run-scoring single in the inning, but UAM reliever Jeff Harvill closed the door retiring the final five Reddie hitters in order including striking out four.

Evans was 4-for-8 at the plate for the Reddies having two doubles and three runs batted in the two games.

Hunter Mayall, Connor Brackhahn, Reynolds and Rodriguez all had two hits each.

Senior Kade Garlington (3-2) earned the win after giving up five runs off seven hits with four strikeouts in the first 5.1 innings.

Henderson State will next play host to Union University in a non-conference double-header with the first pitch set for noon at Clyde Berry Field.

The Weevils are back in action on the road this Tuesday with their first matchup against 4th-ranked Southern Arkansas of the season.

Hendrix splits with Rhodes, takes series

MEMPHIS — The Hendrix College baseball team split with Rhodes College on Saturday at Stauffer Field to take the first Southern Athletic Association set of the season.

After winning 13-9 in 12 innings on Friday, the Warriors (5-6, 2-1) used a pitching gem from sophomore Kyle Teachout to win 3-0 in Saturday’s opener. The Lynx (7-4, 1-2) rebounded to win the nightcap 5-2.

Teachout needed just 91 pitches in the six-hit, one-walk shutout. On the season, Teachout is 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in 21.2 innings.

Thomas Weber and Matt Simmons each had two hits for Hendrix, with Simmons driving in a pair.

In game two, Rhodes scored one after an error in the first then four more in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.

Ryan Ritz went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two steals to lead the Warriors at the plate.

Weber (1-2) allowed three hits, four earned runs, two walks and fanned one in 3.2 innings.

Hendrix will host Central Baptist College on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Caudle flirts with no-hitter, Bears sweep pair

CONWAY — Junior right-hander Chris Caudle carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday night and the University of Central Arkansas Bears beat Illinois State 7-0 to win for the second time on the day.

The Bears (6-4) came back from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning to beat North Dakota 4-3 in the first game of the day.

Caudle, a junior transfer from Greenwood and Crowder College, was perfect through six innings and then recorded the first two outs of the seventh on ground balls before allowing consecutive infield singles. Caudle then struck out Joe Kelch for the final out of the frame in his first career start. He struck out three more batters in the eighth inning to give him a career-high eight for the game.

Doug Votolato finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, while Tyler Langley was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. Sophomore Bo Stitch pitched the ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

In the day’s opener, UCA trailed 3-1 in the eighth when Langley doubled down the left-field line to score Nate Ferrell to close the gap to 3-2. In the ninth, the Bears got a walk from pinch-hitter Brandon Montalvo, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielding error.

UCA then loaded the bases with a walk to Nate Ferrell and a hit by pitch for Langley. Senior shortstop Justin Treece of Sherwood drew a walk to bring in Townsend to end the game.

UCA starter Connor Gilmore of Little Rock threw seven innings, striking out 4 and allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Stitch (1-0) pitched the final two innings, striking out 3 and allowing just 1 hit, for his first victory.

UCA, which went 3-0 on the weekend, hosts UT Martin on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bear Stadium.

Harding sweeps Southeastern Oklahoma

SEARCY — Harding baseball completed a three-game sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma with 11-1 and 6-0 victories over the Savage Storm (9-8, 4-5 GAC) on Saturday in Great American Conference action at Jerry Moore Field.

Harding (12-5, 4-1 GAC) outscored Southeastern 23-1 in the three game series and improved to 12-5 overall and 4-1 in GAC action.

The Bisons are back in action March 4 when they take on Delta State in Cleveland, Miss.

Harding senior James Anderson was 7-for-9 with two runs and five RBI in the doubleheader, and senior Matt Calhoun was 6-for-8 with five runs scored. Anderson has a team-high seven multi-hit games, and Anderson and Calhoun are tied for the team lead with five multi-RBI games.

Erin McCarver and Noah Chandler both had two hits in the first game.

Sophomore Collin Campbell (3-0) remained unbeaten and pitched his first collegiate shutout during the second game. He allowed only three hits and no walks and struck out seven.

Zac Stewart hit his first home run of the season and drove in two, and John Chapman and Trent Wooldridge had two hits each.

Wonder Boys drop DH to East Central

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Zac Johnson hit a home run and had four hits, while senior James Sharp had three hits as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (12-5, 4-2 GAC) fell 9-1 and 7-3 in today’s doubleheader against the East Central Tigers (8-9, 4-5 GAC) at Tech Field.

In game one, the Tigers were off to a fast start, scoring one run in the top of the first, three in the top of the second, and three in the top of the fifth.

Zac Johnson belted a lead-off homer in the fifth, but Tech was unable to capitalize on the big hit as ECU tacked on a pair of runs two innings later, pushing their lead to 9-1.

Sophomore Zach Skelton would take the loss for the Wonder Boys after pitching 4.2 innings and giving up six hits and seven hits, while fanning five.

Tech broke through first in the nightcap as Sharp scored on an error in the bottom of the first inning. Tech pushed its lead to 2-0 when Patrick Castleberry scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. However, the Wonder Boys were unable to add any more in the inning, and ECU responded in a big way with a six-run fourth inning to pull ahead 6-2. The Tigers added another run in the fifth.

Tech added another run as Zac Johnson scored on an error, but the Wonder Boys would get no closer, falling 7-3.

Junior Aaron Johnson suffered the loss after pitching 3.0 innings and giving up five runs on two hits.

The Wonder Boys will travel to Durant, Okla., March 8 and 9 to play a three-game series against Southeastern Oklahoma.

A-State falls to UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Arkansas State baseball squad fell to the UAB Blazers by a score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala.

After putting up three straight singles and one out, the Blazers (10-1) got on the board as Jeff Schalk laced a two-run single to left-center field to give UAB a 2-0 lead.

Those two runs were all UAB would need, but the Blazers added one run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a RBI single with two outs by Chase Davis to make the score 3-0.

The Red Wolves (5-6) did plate their first run of the series when Lucas Feddersen drove Kevin Fitzpatrick in to make the score 3-1.

Starter Chandler Hawkins took the loss for A-State after tossing four innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Offensively, A-State had five players record a hit with Derek Birginske and Fitzpatrick each recording doubles.

The Red Wolves and Blazers conclude their series Sunday with first pitch scheduled at noon from Regions Field.

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