No. 4 HBU Run Rules No. 5 Central Arkansas 14-4

first_imgUCA finally got a runner in scoring position at the top of the sixth with no outs. A ground out to third base put one out on the board before a fly out to left field made it two. With Coby Potvin at the plate for UCA on a 3-1 count, the junior sent a deep RBI double to center field to get the Bears on the board. A fly out ended the top of the sixth and HBU would come back to bat up 8-2. The Huskies advance to face No. 8 New Orleans in the winner’s bracket tomorrow at 7 p.m. while Central Arkansas takes on No. 1 Sam Houston State in an elimination matchup at noon. The Huskies would answer and get on the board in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on first and third, Heck stepped up and singled to right field to bring Tyler Depreta-Johnson home and give HBU a 1-0 lead. The lead was pushed further after an error at third base sent Spencer Halloran to the plate, after which Grant Buck put up another RBI single to left field to send Heck home for a 4-0 lead. HBU inched closer to the run rule after sending two runs home in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 13-4 with one out, needing just a single run to end the game early. Thanks to a wild pitch that rebounded off toward the third base dugout, Jonathan Ducoff made his way home to seal the 14-4 seven-inning win. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – The Houston Baptist bats were out in force Wednesday night as the No. 4 Huskies won their opening round game in emphatic fashion 14-4 over No. 5 Central Arkansas. Led by two three-run homers and one solo, HBU racked up 12 hits from six different players, including three apiece from Grant Buck and Elijah Simon. UCA’s Hunter Strong sent one deep to the right field wall at the top of the first but Matt Heck made a stellar catch and doubled off the runner at second for both outs to retire the side.MATT HECK. ?? ?? With no regard for his own well-being (or the wall’s for that matter)(via @SouthlandSports)— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 24, 2018center_img The offense didn’t stay quiet for long. After a no-run fourth, Fitzgerald sent a booming shot over the left field wall for a three-run homer, pushing the lead to 8-0 heading into the sixth inning.BSB: Another jack for @HBUHuskiesBSB in the 5th, this one of the 3-run variety off the bat of Fitzgerald. 8-0 HBU at that point. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Bears would not go away, plating a run on a Rigo Aguilar RBI single to make it an 11-3 ballgame at the top of the seventh. A Josh Somdecerff sac fly scored one more for UCA to pull the score to 11-4 heading into the bottom of the frame. The Huskies scored another trio on a three-run shot from Buck to make it an 11-2 game heading to the seventh with the possibility of a run rule win looming.BSB: Buck’s 2nd homer of the night came in the 7th. 3 RBI, extending @HBUHuskiesBSB lead to 11-2 over UCA. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Houston Baptist bats didn’t stop there, as Elijah Simon’s RBI double pushed the lead to 4-0 before a fly out finally ended the inning. After a scoreless second, Buck smacked a homer over the right center field wall on an 0-1 count to make it a 5-0 game after three.last_img read more