JACKSON, Miss. – The Hendrix College baseball team’s 2013 campaign came to a close on Sunday with a pair of losses to No. 25 Millsaps College in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament semifinals at Twenty Field.
The fourth-seeded Warriors (21-22) needed to win one game to advance to next weekend’s championship series against Birmingham-Southern, but the top seed and host Majors (32-11) took the first game 2-1, forcing a second contest. They closed out the day with an 8-4 win.
The Warriors end the season one victory shy of the school record of 22. The pitching staff did set a new program with a 4.20 earned run average on the year.
In the opener, the Warriors only had six hits, with sophomore Ryan Ritz responsible for two of them Simmons had the RBI single and a school-record seventh sacrifice bunt of the season. Four different Majors had two hits each.
Will Elmore (2-1) earned the win for Millsaps, going 5.2 innings and allowing five hits, one run, one walk and striking out four. West Hammond picked up the save by fanning two in 1.1 perfect innings.
In game two, the Warriors took a 4-1 lead after four. Millsaps broke the game ope with five runs on five hits in the sixth.
The Hendrix offense was limited to just five hits. John Pounds had the only extra base hit with a double. Samuel Doucet had three hits for the Majors. Five others had two hits apiece.
Sunday’s contests were the final games for Hendrix senior pitchers Ted Smoyer and Tyler Keever.