ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) - Henderson State had a season-high 15 hits as the Reddies beat 13th-ranked Arkansas-Monticello 8-4, Friday in Great American Conference baseball in Monticello, Ark.
Henderson State, 5-11 overall and 4-3 in GAC play, entered the game with a team .225 batting average. However, the Reddies turned in their best offensive outing of the season against one of the best pitching teams in the league.
Henderson State got on the board in the fourth-inning scoring three unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead.
Hunter Mayall and Hayden Lessenbery began the inning with back-to-back singles before Conner Brackhahn walked to load the bases.
With one-out, AJ Kruzel reached on a fielding error which allowed both Mayall and Lessenbery to score. Tadarious Hawkins then scored Brackhahn on a sacrifice fly.
HSU added a run in the fifth as Mayall singled to right field and stole second before scoring on a Lessenbery single to left field to make the score 4-0.
UAM, 12-4 overall and 4-3 in the GAC, put together three hits in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 4-2.
In the Reddie seventh, Mayall and Lessenbery again started the inning with back-to-back singles with Mayall later scoring on a balk to increase the Reddie lead to 5-2.
The Boll Weevils scored a pair of runs in bottom of the seventh without the use of a hit as UAM benefitted from a pair of walks and a Reddie fielding error.
Leading 5-4 in the eighth, the Reddies again struck for three runs with Carlos Rodriguez and Matt Evans having run-scoring singles in the inning.
Dylan Howell was called on to pitch the final inning for the Reddies with the freshman from North Little Rock retiring the side in order.
Three Reddies ended the game with three hits including Mayall, Lessenberry and Lance Fields.
Colton Lorance scattered three hits, allowed two runs and struck out five batters in 6 innings of work to pick up the win on the mound and improve to 2-1 on the year.
Logan Johnson suffered his first loss to fall to 3-1. The UAM hurler allowed six runs on 12 hits in seven-innings.
The two teams will finish the three-game series with a double-header Saturday beginning at Noon in Monticello, Ark.