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HSU Tops Wonder Boys in GAC 1st Round

Image of Henderson State (24-25) built a 6-1 lead going to the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday. The first two Wonder Boys were retired in the last of the ninth, but a two-out walk to Josh Johnson gave Arkansas Tech hope. HSU starting pitcher Nathan Eller was lifted after eight and two-thirds innings in favor of Jordan Wright. Cesar Abreu followed with a single, and pinch-hitter Kenny Spencer drove in Johnson with an RBI single. When Cole Fergus doubled to drive in Abreu, the Wonder Boys were within 6-3. Thomas Biocic walked to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but Wright was able to induce a line out to right field off the bat of Jay Johnson. HSU right fielder Tadarious Hawkins snagged the sinking line drive to end the game. Eller (5-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out five. He induced 13 ground outs. Arkansas Tech starting pitcher Mason Reynolds (3-6) surrendered four runs on six hits over six innings. Abreu finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Henderson State catcher Andrew Reynolds matched his season high with three hits. Zac Zdanowicz and Carlos Rodriguez notched two hits apiece for the Reddies. HSU advances to face the University of Arkansas at Monticello in a winners' bracket game at 7 p.m. Sunday.]]>