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The Sideline: Hendrix adds to baseball staff; Hendrix field hockey

Posted: October 11, 2012 - 7:58pm

Former Warrior standout Andrew Thames and UT Dallas pitching ace Marvin Prestridge have been added to first-year Hendrix College head baseball coach Neil Groat’s staff.

Thames lettered four seasons as a catcher, appearing in 128 games. He hit .294 with 50 runs, 106 hits, 26 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 80 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases. Thames ranks second in Warrior history with a .982 career fielding percentage. Thames, who played for Har-Ber, earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors as a senior.

“Having played here for the past four years, he is familiar with our program’s expectation and is excited to now work towards those goals as a coach,” Groat said. “His work with our catchers and managing the bullpen during games will provide for invaluable experience for those two groups.”

Prestridge, who will serve as the Warriors’ pitching coach, was a three-time All-American Southwestern Conference hurler for the University of Texas at Dallas. During his senior season, he tied the Comets’ record with nine wins in a season and was named the ASC Pitcher of the Year. Prestridge went 20-6 during his career, tying the UTD wins record. He was named the 2011 ASC Tournament First Round Most Outstanding Player and was a two-time conference Pitcher of the Week. Prestridge started his playing career at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He helped Howard to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship, going 63-1 and winning a national record 57 consecutive games.

He graduated from UTD with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2012 and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Howard in 2009. Prestridge was a two-time ASC All-Academic selection for the Comets and was placed on the President’s Honor Roll in 2009 at Howard.

“I am incredibly excited for Marvin to join our staff,” Groat said. “He has been a tremendous pitcher during his college career but more importantly he has been working towards this goal of coaching at the collegiate level during his playing years.”

Along with Thames and Prestridge, assistants Jay Mattox and Pat Burton will also return.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The Hendrix College field hockey team lost to NCAA Division II member Lindenwood University 3-0 on the road on Wednesday night. The host Lady Lions (5-4) outshot the Warriors (6-5) 20-3 and 9-2 in shots on goal.

Lynsey Porter put Lindenwood on the board on a penalty corner pass from Kristi O’Connor in the 19th minute. O’Connor scored her ninth goal of the season in the 38th minute on a penalty stroke, putting the Lady Lions up 2-0. Porter assisted an Emily Scanlon on a corner in the 68th minute for the final goal of the game.

Seniors Maggie DesPain and Kelly Rappe’ took one shot on goal each for Hendrix.

Conway defeated Parkview 25-6, 25-2, 25-10 in volleyball Thursday.

Courtney Campbell had 11 kills Matisse Monty had five kills. Bailey McKee had six aces and Rachael Skinner added digs.

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