Conway, Arkansas - The Hendrix
College Warriors took the final game of the SCAC series with the Tigers
in a 9-7 victory Sunday at Warrior Field.
Hendrix won two of the three games,
splitting the doubleheader on Saturday. The Warriors also won the season
series 3-2, as the two teams split two games on Feb. 28 and March 1 on
the Trinity campus. Hendrix (12-18, 7-8 SCAC) is in third place in the
SCAC West, two games ahead of fourth-place Trinity (14-15, 5-6 SCAC).
The Warriors took a 5-1 lead Sunday, after
scoring three runs n the first inning and two in the second. Trinity
scored a run in the opening inning, as senior designated hitter Jordan
Pennington singled through the left side, driving in sophomore left
fielder Kevin Jackson.
Trinity closed to 4-5, through the top of
the fifth inning. Pennington hit a solo home run to right field in the
fourth inning, his eighth homer of the season. The Tigers scored two
runs in the fifth, starting with an RBI single to center field by senior
shortstop Stosh Hoover. Senior third baseman Steven Ramos scored for the
Tigers. Pennington again came into play as he got on base by an
infielder’s error. Sophomore center fielder John Paillet then scored
from third base, on the error.
Hendrix first baseman Jeff Forgerson hit a
lead-off homer to right field (his eighth of the campaign) in the bottom
of the fifth, as the Warriors led 6-4. Hendrix put up two more runs in
the sixth, to lead 8-4. The Warriors had two runs, four hits and took
advantage of a Trinity error. Ramos threw out Hendrix shortstop Matt
Gaglio at home plate, with sophomore Kyle Felix doing the catcher’s
The Tigers rallied with three runs in the
seventh inning and closed to 7-8. Hoover started the rally with a single
through the left side, scoring Jackson. Pennington cracked a single to
right field, and Paillet scored again. Junior first baseman Evan Jones
picked up an RBI, as he reached first on a fielder’s choice. Hoover
crossed the plate for the Tigers.
Hendrix put the final run on the board, as
second baseman Clark Sims had an RBI single in the seventh inning. Both
teams were retired on order in the eighth inning. Hoover singled in the
top of the ninth, but three Tigers struck out.
Pennington batted 3-5 with three RBIs, a
home run, and one run scored. Hoover went 3-5 with two RBIs and a run.
Sophomore right fielder Dylan Early batted 3-4, along with his sixth
double of the season. Paillet hit 1-4, with his fifth double, and scored
Forgerson hit 3-5 with four RBIs for
Hendrix, and scored one run. Sims was 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs.
Tiger first-year right-hander Ben Klimesh
(0-5) was the starter and pitcher of record, going one inning. Dave
Keine pitched six innings for Hendrix and picked up the win. Keine
improved to 4-2. Spencer Hansen hurled the final three innings and
registered his second save of the season.
The Tigers continue their SCAC campaign
next Saturday and Sunday in Sherman, Texas, with Austin College.
Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s single game begins
at noon. Trinity returns home Tuesday, April 7, to host the University
of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game.