CLARKSVILLE – The University of the Ozarks overcame a five-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and defeat Hendrix College, 12-11, in 11 innings at Lonnie Qualls Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Eagles (5-5) snapped a four-game winning streak for the visiting Warriors (7-6).
Ozarks took advantage of five walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly and two hits in the bottom of the ninth to score five runs and tie the game. Left fielder Tyler Hydrick connected on a two run double and John Singler and Tony Morales drew bases loaded walks to cut the lead to one. Peyton Johnigan plated Hydrick with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 11-11.
Hydrick led the bottom of the 11th with a walk, and was bunted to second by Chris Diedric. After an intentional walk, a wild pitch and another intentional walk, Johnigan was hit by a pitch by sophomore reliever Justin Mosbey, scoring Hydrick for the game-winning run.
The Warriors recorded 12 hits, including three for J.T. Bowen, to go with two RBI. Collin Radack had two hits and stole two bases. Clark Sims, Andrew Thames and Harr, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games, each had two hits.
The Eagles had 13 hits
Powers (1-0) struck out five and allowed two hits, and an unearned run over three innings to pick up the win for Ozarks. Hendrix used eight pitchers total, with Mosbey (1-1) suffering the loss.
The Warriors will return to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend, when they travel to Sherman, Texas for a two-game series with Austin College beginning Saturday.