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Reddies lose to UAFS, finish 1-2 in HSU Invitational

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ARKADELPHIA -- Arkansas-Fort Smith scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat Henderson State 9-3, Sunday at Clyde Berry Field.

Fort Smith (5-0) benefited from a pair of errors and two walks, which resulted in four unearned runs in the five-run seventh inning to pull away from the Reddies.

The Lions jumped on top 2-0 in the fourth inning as Jace Pitchford led off with a home run and Jordany Santiago lined a one-out RBI single up the middle.

The Reddies, 3-3 on the year, answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Brandon Pollock belted a two-out single to score Dalton Guthrie who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.

After Fort Smith scored its five runs in the seventh, the Lions tacked on two more in the eighth to extend their lead to 9-1.

Henderson scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Taylor Langston and Jackson Martin collected back-to-back one-out singles. Dylan McCain was then hit by a pitch to load the bases before Langston scored on a wild pitch.

Guterie drove in the final Reddie as he collected his first collegiate hit to score Martin.

Fort Smith pitcher Dawson Floyd pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 batters while allowing six hits to get the win.

Daniel Sprinkle started the game for the Reddies and pitched four innings giving up two runs on five hits and was tabbed with the loss.

Zach Eschberger began the fifth inning and pitched the next four innings giving up 7 runs including 5 unearned on five hits.

The Reddies totaled eight hits in the game with Pollock, Martin, and Zack Gray having two hits each.

Henderson State 5, Northwest Missouri 2

Bryant Haralson pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine batters to lead Henderson State to a 5-2 win over Northwest Missouri on Saturday.

The senior from Atkins allowed just one hit in the contest to pick up the win and improve to 1-0 on the year.

Henderson scored the first run of the game in the third inning to take the early lead.

Joseph Shepherd received a leadoff walk in the frame and was safe at second when Northwest Missouri second baseman Logan Rycraft was pulled off the bag on a Joe Myers fielder's choice. Gray lined a shot to right-center field to score Shepherd from second.

Haralson began the game retiring the first 13 batters before surrendering a walk in the fifth to Jay Hrdlicka.

In the Reddie fifth, Pollock led off with a single to right field, followed by Myers being hit by a Brad Roberts pitch. Gray placed a perfect bunt down the third-base side to load the bases with no outs.

Roberts worked out of the inning striking out Langston with Pollock getting tagged out in a run down between third and home. After giving up a walk to McCain to load the bases again, Roberts was able to strikeout Jackson Murphy to end the inning.

The Reddies, however, gave Haralson some insurance runs in the seventh as Henderson extended its lead to 4-0.

Gray led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Langston single to right. McCain then reached on an infield single to load the bases with Henderson's first run of the inning coming when Murphy was hit by pitch to score Gray.

Langston then scored when Nolan Ryan grounded out to second base, moving pinch-runner Caleb Carr to third. Carr crossed the plate on a sacrifice bunt by Brentten Schwaab.

The Bearcats finally got to Haralson in the eighth inning. The right-hander gave up a single and a two-out walk and exited the game with Spencer Taack entering the contest. After a balk call, Rycraft laced a single to right field to score two runs and cut the deficit to 4-2.

Northwest Missouri went on to load the bases to chase Taack with Langston moving from right-field to the mound. Langston got out of the inning as Luke Hassman popped up to end the inning.

The Reddies responded with a single run in the bottom half of the inning with the help of a Northwest Missouri error and an infield bunt single by Myers.

Langston finished the game on the mound retiring all four batters he faced while striking out three batters to pick up the save.

Henderson totaled nine hits in the game with Pollock, Gray and Langston having two hits each.

Henderson State 3, Nebraska-Kearney 0

Henderson got a strong pitching performance from Kris Priddy as the Reddies won their home opener in beating Nebraska-Kearney, 3-0, Thursday.

Priddy pitched six innings, striking out five batters and allowed just three hits in picking up the win.

The Reddies, 2-2 on the year, put together three hits in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the inning, Langston and Ryan blasted singles up the middle to set the stage for Schwaab who laced a single to left field to score Ryan from second base.

In the Henderson third, Myers struck out, but was able to reach on a wild pitch. Gray walked and Myers proceeded to third on another wild pitch. Jordan Harris found a hole on the left side for a single to score Myers and put the Reddies on top 2-0.

The Reddies loaded the bases in the fifth inning as Myers walked with Gray and Harris both reaching with base hits. Myers scored when Langston walked to increase the Henderson lead to 3-0.

Harris pitched the seventh and eighth innings and struck out three batters. Langston finished the game allowing a single, but would strike out three batters in the inning.

Henderson totaled eight hits in the game with Harris and Langston both going 2-for-3 at the plate. Shepherd hit his second triple of the year to go along with a stolen base.

Henderson will begin Great American Conference Friday when the Reddies travel to Bethany, Okla., to face Southern Nazarene in a three-game series.

Sports on 02/13/2018

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