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College roundup: Warriors advance to conference semifinals with seven-run ninth

Hendrix softball season ends; UCA softball team sweeps Lamar

Posted: April 27, 2013 - 8:13pm

JACKSON, Miss. — Down by two runs, the Hendrix College baseball team rallied to score seven in the top of the ninth to defeat No. 25 Millsaps College 13-8 and advance to the Southern Athletic Association Tournament Semifinals.

The Warriors (21-20) will play Sunday at noon against whomever survives elimination between the host and top-seeded Majors (29-11), Oglethorpe and Sewanee. Hendrix would have to lose twice on Sunday to be put out of the tournament. Sunday’s winner will play next weekend in a best-of-three series against the winner of the semifinals at No. 2 Birmingham-Southern’s pod.

Collin Radack led the top of the ninth off with a single, Thomas Weber doubled and Simmons was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Radack was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice groundball hit by Brady Newville to keep the bases loaded with one out. Jacob Perschke followed with a base hit, scoring pinch-runner Nick Land and Simmons to tie the game at 8-8. Seth Mobley singled and Austin Womack drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Newville’s go-ahead run. Ritz plated Perschke on a fielder’s choice that resulted in an error. Charlie St. Clair also hit into a fielder’s choice and an error, resulting in two more runs scoring. With the bases loaded again, freshman pinch hitter Brandon Smith singled to left, scoring Ritz for the final run of the game.

Perschke went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three driven in. Mobley had a pair of hits and two RBIs and threw his 20th runner out of the season from behind the plate. Radack and Weber had three hits each and Newville added a pair of hits. Simmons scored three times.

Perschke (2-4) also picked up the win in relief. He went 2.1 innings, giving up three hits, three runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Freshman Daniel Imbro induced three fly outs in the ninth to end the game for Hendrix.

For the game, the Warriors outhit the Majors 18-10. Millsaps also committed four errors.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hendrix College softball team’s season came to an end with a 9-3 loss to Berry College at the Southern Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday. After beating Sewanee 8-0 earlier in the day, the sixth-seeded Warriors (22-19) could not hold off the top-seeded Vikings (28-10).

Ashley Halbert went 3-for-3 with a walk and Hubbard had two hits and two RBIs. Katey Havens also had two hits.

Earlier, the Warriors eliminated Sewanee, 8-0.

Sophomore pitcher Lauren Whitby (6-2) struck out four and gave up six hits and a walk in Hendrix’s ninth shutout of the year. Cooper Killen (3-14) allowed 10 hits, eight runs, three walks and struck out two for the seventh-seed Tigers (5-29).

Catelyn Gibbs scored four times, the second most in school history, and had two hits and two steals. Halbert had two hits and four RBI and Jill Sikes had two hits and two runs scored.

The 2013 Warriors, under 11th-year head coach Amy Weaver, tied for the second most wins in program history with 22.

Saturday’s game was the final in the career of three seniors, Halbert, third baseman Paula Burr and center fielder Sydney Copeland.

UCA SOFTBALL

Kelsie Armstrong tossed two complete games, allowing Lamar only a total of nine hits Saturday afternoon as the Bears (34-26, 13-8) swept a Southland Conference doubleheader from Lamar (21-32, 11-12) to begin their final homestand of the season at Farris Field.

UCA won the first game, 2-0, and the second, 7-5.

Armstrong (26-11) hurled a four-hitter in the first game and struck out 13. She allowed five hits in the second game and struck out six.

The Bears scored their only runs in the first game on bases-loaded hits by Melissa Bryant and Lissa Avitia.

Sam Forrest was 2 for 4 with a run. Sarah Begej was 2 for three. Bryant was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Lauren Dear had a double.

The Bears had 12 hits in the second game. Melanie Bryant was 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs. Melissa Bryant was 2 for 4 with two runs. Ashley Boswell was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Amy Gunnells was 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Melanie Bryant had two doubles and Melissa one and a home run. Gunnells and Tiffany Roby also had doubles.

The two teams play a single game Sunday at noon on Senior Day for the Bears.

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