Bulldogs Eliminated from Postseason, Fall to Reddies in Game Two
May 7, 2017
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – SWOSU Baseball was eliminated from the GAC Postseason Tournament and had their season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in Arkadelphia, falling 9-3 in game two of the best-of-three series against Henderson State.
The Reddies scored runs in six different innings including a three-run eighth inning that provided more than enough insurance to collect the victory. Henderson built an early lead by taking advantage of free passes issued by Devin Ring, leading to the Reddies first three runs of the game. Ring only allowed three hits in his 4.0 innings on the bump, but walked three and hit three batters that led to most of HSU's base runners in the early going.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Connor Anderson led off with a double to right field to begin a scoring inning. After a sacrifice bunt, a ground ball to the second basemen allowed Anderson to cross home and tie the game back up at 1-1.
After the equalizer run however, Henderson State would score five unanswered runs, at least one run in every inning until the seventh, to establish a 6-1.
A leadoff single by Joel Baxley and a walk by Richard Marches sparked an inning in the seventh, and Ted Wisdom stepped up next to deliver his second double of the game – a two run RBI down the left field line that scored them both and cut into the deficit. A pitching change by the Reddies slowed the momentum of the inning, and the new reliever was able to retire three-consecutive Bulldogs to end the threat without allowing anymore damage.
After the margin was cut to 6-3 in the seventh, HSU answered with a three-spot in the eighth to push the deficit back to six and deter any comeback attempt the Bulldogs could come up with as SWOSU would get no more runs in the contest and come up short against the four-seeded Reddies.
Ring (L, 3-5) was charged with the loss and finished with three runs allowed (all earned) and three strikeouts. Gunnar Cook made an appearance out of the bullpen and allowed six runs (all earned) in 3.2 innings of work while striking out one. Quintin Dougherty came in to get the final out of the eighth inning, pitching just 0.1 innings.
Both Wisdom and Baxley produced multiple hits in the contest while three other hitters tallied one knock a piece.
SWOSU finishes the season 18-27 overall and will lose 11 seniors for the 2018 season.