The Henderson State Reddies baseball team broke a weekend losing streak by beating the Hendrix Warriors 5-3 in non-conference action at Clyde Berry Field on Tuesday night.
Henderson State took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Hunter Mayall led off by being hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a wild pitch and Jordan Taylor walked. AJ Kruzel tripled to deep right center and scored Mayall and Taylor. Alan Hall walked and stole second and with one out, Tadarious Hawkins singled to score Kruzel.
Henderson State added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth when Mayall led off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Taylor walked again and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. With one out, Kearon Redmon hit into a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on an error where Mayall and Taylor scored to make it 5-0.
Hendrix posted three runs in the top of the eighth inning on three hits. A walk with the bases loaded scored the Warriors first run, then a single to center field scored another run and the third run scored on a sacrifice fly.
Nick Vanthillo came in to pitch the top of the ninth for the Reddies and gave up a walk and a single to load the bases with no outs, but got a line out double play and a fielder's choice ended the game.
"We are in a bad way scoring runs right," Henderson State Reddies head baseball coach Cody Hooten said. "The Hendrix game was a lot closer than we wanted it to be. We have got to find a way to maximize our opportunities on offense and get back to pitching great in order to give ourselves a chance this weekend."
Henderson State hosts Southern Arkansas this weekend beginning on Friday for a three-game Great American Conference series at Clyde Berry Field.