BELTON, Texas – The Hendrix College baseball team split a doubleheader against Mary Hardin-Baylor at Red Murff Field on Saturday afternoon.
The host Cru (2-2) took the first seven-inning game 4-3, but the Warriors (3-2) rebounded to win a 14-9 slugfest in the nightcap.
In the second game, UMHB outhit Hendrix 17-13, but Hendrix compelled 13 walks from The Cru’s pitching staff
The Warriors tacked on six more runs in the eighth, getting a RBI-singles from Ritz and Radack, a sac fly from freshman second baseman Charlie St. Clair, a two-run double from sophomore third baseman Brady Newville, and an unearned run after an error.
Collin Radack recorded two hits and five RBI for the Warriors. Ryan Ritz went 3-for-7 with three runs scored and two driven in. Brandon Smith joined Kirk Kimery as the only players in program history to draw four walks in a game. Smith also scored four times and stole two bases. Mobley added two hits as well.
Warrior freshman Daniel Imbro (1-0) picked up the win, allowing five hits, three runs and striking out six in six innings of relief. Mickey Platz earned the save, striking out one and giving up just one hit in 1.1 innings of work. UMHB reliever Aaron Barteau (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up seven hits, five runs, two walks and two strike outs in 2.2 innings.
In game one, the home team went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first with a Loewe sac fly that plated designated hitter Zack Whiddon. Hendrix tied it in the top of the second when Ritz drew a bases load walk, scoring Mobley. In the fifth Mogavero had a RBI-single, giving The Cru a 2-1 lead.
St. Clair connected on a two-run double in the top of the seventh, putting the Warriors up 3-2. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Heath Spencer reached with a pinch hit single, then Whiddon reached on an error, allowing Spencer to score the tying run. Mogavero followed with the game-winning hit down the left field line.
St. Clair led the Warrior offense with two hits and two RBI. Mogavero had two hits and two RBI for UMHB.
Jordan Mattke (1-0) earned the win for The Cru, getting the last two outs in the top of the seventh. Starter Chance Ryan lasted 4.2 innings and allowed four hits, one run, five walks and eight strikeouts. Warrior freshman reliever Kyle Teachout (0-1) took the loss, giving up three hits and two unearned runs. Freshman starter Will Nichol struck out three and gave up four hits, an earned run and one walk in five innings.
Hendrix will return to action on Tuesday afternoon at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.