JACKSON, Miss. — Errors and stranded runners proved to be costly in Hendrix College’s doubleheader at Millsaps College on Tuesday afternoon at Twenty Field.
The Warriors had five mishaps in the opener in losing, 8-4, and stranded 13 runners in the nightcap, 10-8.
It was the Warriors’ Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener and stands 3-2 overall. Millsaps improves to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
Despite a chilly. 40-degree day at Twenty Field, the Majors came out hot by scoring six runs in their first three at bats. Millsaps plated three in the first, two in the second and one in the third.
Hendrix scored in the third inning in the first game on a single by Clark Sims, a stolen base, an error and a single by Jeff Forgerson.
The Majors scored twice more in the bottom half of the fourth.
Hendrix finally took advantage of errors with three unearned runs in the fifth. After Brad Grinstead and Eric Mathis reached on errors, Nathan Harr drove them in with a single. Harr stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Teddy Smoyer was pinned with the loss and falls to 1-1 after 5.0 innings, 11 hits, eight runs (six earned), no walks and five strike outs.
In the second game, the Majors scored seven runs in the first three innings. The Majors plated two unearned runs in the first, two scores on one hit in the second, and three runs on a two-man homer and unearned run in the third.
In the third, Hendrix scored on a single by Aaron Bowen, a double by Kyle Raskin, an RBI groundout by Sims and a single by Mark Vlaskamp.
The Warriors made it a one-run game by scoring twice in the fourth and fifth innings, however, the Majors answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fiand one run in the eighth. Mathis led off the ninth by hitting the first pitch he saw over the left field wall.
Grinstead and Bowen reached base with no outs and Kirk Kimery entered to pinch run for Grinstead. Kimery was then thrown out at third in a bang-bang play caught stealing and a walk from Raskin put runners back at first and second with one gone. Sims knocked in his second RBI of the game scoring Bowen, before Matt Gaglio fouled out and Harr lined out to right.
Dave Keine suffered his first loss of the year after 2.1 innings, four hits, six runs (four earned), two walks and two strikeouts.