Hardin-Simmons’ baseball team continued its run of excellent starting pitching in an American Southwest Conference doubleheader split at Mississippi College, losing 2-1 in the first game and responding with a 11-1 win in the nightcap, Friday at Frierson Field in Clinton, Miss.
Brandon Bollinger (1-1) was solid in his second straight start as he was the hard luck loser in the game. He worked six plus innings and allowed just five hits and two runs, while striking out two.
The Choctaws won the game with a walk off run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bollinger walked Trey Prikle to lead off the seventh inning and was replaced by freshman Sam Hallen. A sacrifice bunt moved Pirkle to second and Caleb Morris line out. Marty Stringellow walked and Christ Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Blake Northrop came on and induced a ground ball deep in the hole to short and Layton Grant beat it out allowing Pirkle to score the winning run. HSU had wasted a leadoff double by Colson Craddick in the top of the seventh.
HSU scored its only run in the fifth inning, when Zach de Luna scored on the back end of the early off play. Will Wise was at first and broke early to second
Mississippi College got in the intentional rundown, but dropped the ball allowing de Luna to score. Stringfellow tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth for the Choctaws.
Brooks Fortenberry was solid for MC with six and two-third innings of work. He allowed just an unearned run on three hits and struck out seven. Grady Turman got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh and picked up the win.
Stingfellow led MC with three hits and Jason Vause, Colson Craddick and de Luna had one hit each.
HSU jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Craddick two-run home run. HSU added five runs in the second inning. De Luna scored on a wild pitch and Vause was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in another run. Nathan Gourley scored on another wild pitch and Marcus Uechi had a two-run double to make it 7-0.
Gourley had an RBI single in the fifth, Jon Finney added an RBI double and Uechi had a two-run single to make it 11-0.
That was plenty of run support for senior righthander Eric Zamora, who was in control for his six innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out a career-high 10 batters.
Uechi and Craddick each had three hits and Uechi drove in four runs and Craddick drove in two.
Alex Bradley worked two scoreless innings of relief and Garrett Reed worked a scoreless ninth.
HSU is now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in ASC play. MC fell to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in league play. The teams will play the rubber game of the series on Saturday at noon.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.