March 18, 2012

Hendrix's Thomas Earns 100th Career Win

(Story courtesy of Hendrix College)

CONWAY, Ark. - Hendrix College head baseball coach R.J. Thomas won his 100th career game on Sunday as the Warriors defeated Southwestern University 11-1 in seven innings at Warrior Field. Thomas, in his sixth season at the helm, now trails Jim Holland by three victories for the most wins in program history.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Hendrix has also won 11 of their last 12 games and stay perfect at home with an 8-0 record. The Pirates fall to 6-17 overall and 2-6 in the league.

Senior second baseman Clark Sims led the bottom of the first off with a triple and senior first baseman Mark Vlaskamp singled Sims in to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. With one out in the second, sophomore left fielder J.T. Bowen reached on infield single and scored on a double by freshman center fielder Matt Simmons. Freshman shortstop Brady Newville, making his first collegiate start, followed with a hit through the right side. Senior third baseman Kyle Raskin plated Simmons and Newville with a triple, putting Hendrix up 4-0. The Warriors added another run in the frame when senior catcher Andrew Thames was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Bowen led off the fifth with a triple over the center fielder's head and Simmons drove Bowen in with a sacrifice fly. Newville, Sims and Vlaskamp each walked to load the bases with two outs. Radack then hit an infield single that was misplayed by SU's shortstop, leading to two more runs scoring.

The Pirates scored a run in the top of the sixth when third baseman Nate Shipp lead off with a triple and scored on a base hit by first baseman Jeff Glasgow.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sims, Vlaskamp and Thames were each hit by reliever Max Smith to load the bases. Sims scored from third on a passed ball and sophomore left fielder Austin Womack drove in pinch runners Geoff Lomax and Jacob Perschke with a single to center field, invoking the run-rule.

Sims reached base five times with a hit, three walks and a hit by pitch to go with four runs scored. Bowen went 2-for-3 with a triple and Newville was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs.

Warrior sophomore starter Thomas Weber left the game early with an elbow injury after throwing 4.2 innings and giving up just three hits a walk and two strikeouts. Freshman Nino Tutino (1-1) picked up his first win with three strikeouts and allowing three hits and a run. Pirate starter Chris Webber (1-3) lasted 4.2 innings and gave up eight runs, seven earned runs four walks and three strikeouts.

Hendrix will take to the road for a two-game non-conference series at Birmingham-Southern beginning Tuesday.

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