HENDRIX SPORTS INFORMATION
Hendrix College earned a come-from-behind 12-11 victory over Central Baptist College and sophomore right-hander Drew Gustafson hurled a complete game to lead the Warriors to a 9-3 win in the nightcap Wednesday evening at Warrior Field.
Hendrix (11-12) will play at Trinity University in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday.
Hendrix trailed 11-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh in the opener. Nathan Harr led off with a walk and moved to third when Matt Gaglio doubled to center field. Mark Vlaskamp walked to load the bases with no outs and cleared the bases on a triple over the right fielder’s head to tie the game at 11-11.
Brad Grinstead and Nathan Hill walked to load the bases again with no outs. Aaron Bowen struck out swinging and a fielder’s choice put Mathis out at home. Grinstead represented the go-ahead run on third base and Clark Sims tagged his fourth hit of the game to left center for the game-winner.
Kyle Raskin moved to the hill from third base in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He worked his way out of the jam and finished off the seventh inning for a win in his first appearance of the season and second of his career.
Sims finished the opener 4-for-5 with two doubles, one run scored and three runs batted in. Gaglio was 3-for-4 with three doubles, one run scored and two RBI. Bowen had three hits and scored once.
Hendrix jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second game by scoring at least one run in the first four innings. Mathis highlighted the first inning with an in-the-park home run. Jeff Forgerson led off the sixth with a triple to right field, extending his hit streak to nine games, and Mathis doubled to right center for his third RBI of the game. Mathis advanced to third on a grounder to the right side and then scored his second run of the game on a double by sophomore Thames.
Gustafson scattered eight hits and struck three batters.
Mathis and Thames were the only multi-hit performers for Hendrix in the nightcap. Mathis was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Thames went 2-for-4 with two RBI.