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Reddies Defeat Harding 4-1 on Senior Day

 

April 21, 2019



ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – In the last game of the last home series of the season, Henderson State was led by seniors Michelle Sorensen and Nadia Ballarin, and defeated the Harding Lady Bisons 4-1 to split the four-game set.

Celebrating senior weekend, Sorensen was brilliant for the second time this weekend, going seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits for her 11th win of the year. The Sherwood, Arkansas, native finished her career at Dee White Field as HSU's all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, and appearances.

She is already the Great American Conference's all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and will have a chance to extend her control on those records when Henderson finishes the season next weekend with two doubleheaders at Southern Arkansas.

Ballarin was excellent with the glove, the bat, and on the base paths, as she extended the lead from 2-1 to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, before retiring the final Harding hitter on a 4-3 putout in the top of the seventh.

With the 4-1 victory, the Reddies moved back in front of Ouachita Baptist and into eighth place in the GAC standings

Game Two: Henderson State 4, Harding 1

After being held scoreless in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, the Reddies took the lead in the bottom of the first in the series finale. With one out, Madie Green laid down a bunt and used her speed to grab an infield hit for the game's opening baserunner.

Harding did the Reddies a favor moments later when the Lady Bisons' infield committed an error, allowing Monica Monreal to reach, and Green to head to third with one out. For the second time on the weekend, Abbie Moore scored Green with a sacrifice fly as the Reddies took a 1-0 lead into the second.

Sorensen retired the first seven batters of the game, but two walks gave Harding an opportunity in the top of the third. With runners on first and second and one out, HU's Lindsay Duncan appeared to have a bases-clearing double which would have given the Lady Bisons a 2-1 lead, but she was ruled out for hitting the ball after leaving the batter's box and HSU stayed in front 1-0.

Harding was able to tie the score in their very next trip to the plate in the fourth inning when one of the league's best hitters, Peyton Mills, tied the game with a solo home run down the left field line.

While HU used the long ball to tie the game, HSU used small ball to take its second one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Christianna Camp rocked an inside-pitch through the left side for a single which gave Henderson all the momentum they would need.

Reese followed Camp's single with one of her own and Camp was able to get to third with some aggressive base running. With runners on the corners, HSU executed the double steal to perfection, as Reese induced the rundown long enough to give Camp a chance to score from home. A deft slide by Camp broke the tie, and Henderson had a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth.

Looking for insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, it was Camp who jump-started the Reddies offense for the second-straight inning. Camp singled up the middle and Reese walked to give the Reddies a pair of runners with no one out. Ashleigh Erb's successful sacrifice moved Camp to third and Reese to second, bringing up Ballarin in a big spot.

Once again, the Reddies elected to play small ball. Ballarin laid down a perfectly placed bunt and Camp's excellent jump off of third base allowed her to come home to score and give HSU a 3-1 lead on the suicide squeeze. Moments later, Ballarin forced another Harding rundown, and this time it was Reese who came home, adding another run to make it 4-1.

Harding went down in order in the top of the seventh, and the Reddies won their final home game of the 2019 season, 4-1.

Game One: Harding 4, Henderson State 0

Mallory Brewer did all she could to give the Reddies a chance to crawl back into Saturday's opening game but Harding's freshman pitcher shutdown the HSU lineup, giving up just four hits and one walk in seven innings of shutout softball.

Brewer replaced Monreal after the freshman was unable to record an out in the first inning while walking four of the game's first five batters. The sophomore Brewer was able to limit the damage, but Harding ended the top of the first with a commanding 4-0 lead.

HSU threatened quickly in the bottom half after Marcela Lopez walked and Monreal worked a nine-pitch walk, but the Reddies fell victim to a 5-4 line-out double play to end the inning.

Despite Brewer holding the Lady Bisons to just three combined hits across the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, the Reddies were unable to put any pressure on the Harding defense.

The Reddies threatened in the bottom of the seventh after back-to-back singles from Reese and Erb, but the Reddies could not scratch across a run, and fell 4-0.

 

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