HOT SPRINGS, Ar. — Dallas senior Spencer Taack and Brayden Bebee combined on a 4-hitter Saturday at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia to pitch Henderson State past Ouachita Baptist, 4-0, in first round play of the Mike Dugan Invitational Baseball Classic.
The spectacular Majestic Fields Complex in Hot Springs hosted its first game, and Northeastern Oklahoma upset fourth-ranked Southern Arkansas, 7-5.
This event features nine college teams, but lost some game after freezing rain and snow led to Thursday and Friday’s games being postponed. Games remain scheduled through Monday.
The Reddies scored the only run they would need Saturday on a run-scoring double by Pate Fullerton. Nick Butler’s double also drove in a run to make it 2-0, and senior Greyson Stevens of Pottsville, Ar., contributed a two-run homer in the eighth. Luke Farrar had two hits for the Tigers.
Muleriders offense starts too late
Northeastern’s (Tahlequah, Okla.) hit a historic home run in the first inning at Majestic Parks. The Riverhawks made it 2-0 in the third on a run-scoring double by C.D. White. He added a two-run single in the seventh, and Blake Brothers contributed a two-run double in the eighth. White scored in the ninth on a passed ball.
The Muleriders didn’t score until the sixth when J. Machuca waltzed home on a balk. Ty Manning hit a three-run bomb in the eighth, followed by a solo shot by Conner Allen. Former Texas High standout Chris Sutton walked twice.
Seth Key was the winning pitcher, limiting SAU to three hits in five innings. He walked six in chilly conditions and struck out two. Three relievers followed, with Jake Bigham getting a save. J. Womack was the losing pitcher.
Today’s schedule has Harding playing Northeastern; SAU playing Missouri Western; Delta State facing Rogers State (Claremore, Okla.); and Henderson challenging Northwest Missouri. OBU will play in Arkadelphia.