ARKADELPHIA – Seven batters collected at least one hit for UAFS on Sunday afternoon as the Lions beat the Henderson State Reddies 9-3 in their second game of the Henderson State Baseball Classic at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia, Ark.
UAFS (6-0), which beat Nebraska-Kearney 9-6 in Friday’s opening game, went undefeated in the three-game, three-day classic, beating Ouachita Baptist 5-3 in the afternoon finale at Clyde Berry Field.
It’s the Lions’ best start since 2015, when they began the season 9-0.
UAFS collected 10 hits off two of the three Henderson State pitchers, including two extra-base hits. Center fielder Jace Pitchford was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and third baseman Brandan Warner was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI.
Catcher Jordany Santiago was 1 for 4 with two RBIs, shortstop Drew Duncan was 1 for 4 with one RBI, second baseman Troy Cahill was 1 for 4 with one RBI and first baseman Kyle Love was 1 for 5 with one RBI.
Reddies starter Daniel Sprinkle (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings.
The Reddies (3-3) collected eight hits – all singles – off three of the four Lions pitchers. Shortstop Brandon Pollock was 2 for 5 with one RBI, first baseman Zack Gray was 2 for 5, second baseman Jackson Martin was 2 for 5, left fielder Taylor Langston was 1 for 5 and designated hitter Dalton Guthrie was 1 for 2 with one RBI.
Lions starter Dawson Floyd (2-0) earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.
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After averaging 11 hits per game during their first five games of the season, the Lions’ red-hot bats cooled off just a bit against the Tigers in the final game of the classic. Still, UAFS produced the big inning it needed – a four-run outburst in the seventh inning – to rally from a three-run deficit remain undefeated.
UAFS had but five hits, including two doubles, with five players collecting one hit apiece. Left fielder Dion Williams was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI, first baseman Brennan Dooly was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI, right fielder Logan Allen was 1 for 2 with one RBI, Duncan was 1 for 4 with one RBI and Cahill was 1 for 4.
Tigers reliever Noah Fowler (0-1), who relieved starter Adam Bahloul with one out and one runner on in the Lions’ fateful, four-run seventh inning, suffered the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – on two hits with one walk over just 2/3 of an inning.
Ouachita Baptist (2-6) had eight hits of two UAFS pitchers. Lions reliever Jordan Lawrence (1-0) earned the win in relief of starter Blake Welch. Inheriting a 3-0 deficit to start the fifth inning, Lawrence shut down the Tigers, allowing no runs on only one hit with 10 strikeouts over five innings.
Catcher Austin White and third baseman Tyler Riebock were each 2 for 4 with one RBI, second baseman Logan Honeycutt was 1 for 3 with one RBI, first baseman Kyle Alexander was 2 for 4 and designated hitter Cade McBride was 1 for 4.
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Floyd, Holcombe (8), Stallings (8), McCutcheon (9) and Santiago; Sprinkle, Eschberger (5), DeRosier (9) and Sparks. W – Floyd, 2-0. L – Sprinkle, 1-1. HRs – UAFS, Pitchford (1).
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Welch, Lawrence (5) and Hurt; Bahloul, Fowler (7), Matros (8), Tollett (9) and White. W – Lawrence, 1-0. L – Fowler, 0-1. HRs – None.