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Reddies Fall Just Short at No. 14 Delta State

 


CLEVELAND, Miss. — Henderson State pushed No. 14 Delta State to the brink on Tuesday night at its home field, but the Statesmen outlasted the Reddies late and held on for a 9-8 win.

It was the Reddies (17-16) who got a leg up early in a 1-1 game when they scored three runs in the second inning on a wild pitch, an RBI single from Brandon Pollock, and a throwing error to take a 4-1 lead.

After a scoreless third, the Statesmen (23-9) announced their presence in the fourth, as DSU third baseman David Herrington belted a grand slam over the left field fence to quickly erase the deficit and give Delta State its first lead of the day. The big inning wasn't over for DSU, however, as the Statesmen tacked on three more to put up seven runs in the frame and seize an 8-4 advantage.

Henderson absorbed the haymaker from Delta and responded with its own flurry in the top of the fifth. Three-straight walks to lead-off the inning got the Reddies started, and they would take advantage, as a sacrifice fly from Greyson Stevens, a double from Joe Myers, and a single from Daniel Colasanto drove in four runs to tie the game at 8-8 for HSU.

The fireworks from the first five inning slowed down over the next three, as neither team could break through and take the lead. The Reddies had their chance in the top of the ninth when Joseph Shepherd walked, stole second base, and advanced to third with two outs, but Henderson could not score the go-ahead run, as Shepherd was stranded 90 feet from home.

Delta State capitalized in the final half inning. A lead-off double and a sacrifice bunt put the winning run on third base with just one out for the Statesmen, and their shortstop David Sargent delivered, when he carried a ball deep enough into right field to score the runner, ending the game with a walk-off sac fly.

Pollock was tremendous once again for the Reddies with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and raised his team-high batting average to .387. Six other players finished with one hit. Henderson struggled to keep DSU off the base paths and walked 10 batters as a team in defeat.

The Reddies return to action on Friday when they travel to Durant, Oklahoma, to face Southeastern Oklahoma State at 3 p.m.

 

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