Lady Reddies open season with win, 2 losses
ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State softball team opened the season playing three straight games with the Lady Reddies beating Cameron 10-6, but losing to Delta State 7-0 and Tarleton State 8-2, Saturday at Dee White Field.
Attempting to play as many games as possible before inclement weather hits the area, the HSU/OBU Classic schedule was changed forcing Henderson to play three games on opening day.
Amber Klug was Henderson’s offensive leader for the day going 6-for-9, with two doubles, a home run, and a pair of RBI.
Amy Halter finished the three games going 5-for-12, while Morgan South was 4-for-10.
Henderson State is scheduled to play Delta State at noon on Sunday, followed by a rematch against Tarleton State at 2:30 p.m. at Dee White Field.
UAM wins double header
MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins over Christian Brothers on Saturday at home, needing only five innings to take the opener 9-1 and collecting a 2-0 shutout in the second half of the double header.
In the opener, UAM outhit CBU 13-3 and used three runs in each of the first and second innings to take an early lead. Senior Brittany Eitel opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning, followed two batters later by an RBI double from junior Sydney Tipton.
Junior Katie Slaughter (1-0) collected the complete-game victory, allowing just one run (unearned) off three hits in five innings.
In the second half of the twin bill, UAM broke a scoreless tie with one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings as senior hurler Courtney Wilson (1-0) tossed a three-hit shutout to complete the season-opening sweep.
UAM is back in action next weekend at the Southeastern Regional Invitational in Durant, Okla., starting Feb. 8 against Central Missouri.
Arkansas Tech falls to UAM in opener
HOUSTON, Texas — Senior Mike Kattula went 2-for-4, senior Sage Boehner went 2-for-5 and freshman Trent Armstrong scattered three hits over 4.0 innings of work, but the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (0-1) were unable to overcome timely hitting by Arkansas-Monticello (1-0), falling 7-2 to the Boll Weevil’s in the teams’ season opener on day one of the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
UAM had 10 hits total in the win, including five doubles and one homerun.
Senior Ryan Taylor (0-1) suffered the loss for the Wonder Boys, allowing four hits in his 3.2 innings of work, fanning four hitters. Arkansas-Monticello’s Mingura picked up the win after allowing two runs in five innings, fanning two.
Junior Josh Mingura (1-0) earned the win in the opener with two runs allowed (one earned) off six hits in the first five innings. Mingura had two strikeouts and did not allow a walk.
The Wonder Boys will continue play at the Astros in Action D-II Invitational on Sunday facing Winona State. First pitch from Minute Maid Park is set for 6 p.m.
Winona State doubles past Henderson
HOUSTON, Texas — Travis Evanson’s run-scoring double in the seventh inning lifted Winona State to a 3-2 victory over Henderson State Saturday on the first day of the Houston Winter Invitational in Houston at Minute Maid Park.
Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Evanson doubled down the right field line off of relief pitcher Steven Brooks to score Ryan Nyhagen who had singled one batter earlier.
Henderson State stranded 12 runners in the game including leaving six runners in scoring position.
Tadarious Hawkins led the Reddie offense with two hits including a double.
Henderson State will next take on No. 19 Central Missouri on Sunday