Racers split with Arkansas

The ‘Breds played a two-game series away against Arkansas-Pine Bluff this week in which the two teams split the series, both claiming a win.

The first win went to the Pine Bluff Golden Lions on Tuesday with a score of 8-7. It was a disappointing loss for the ‘Breds as they were up 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth. With bases loaded and no outs, the Golden Lions scored two runs on a pass ball at the plate.

An intentional walk and a base hit loaded the bases one more time, and a walk gave the Golden Lions their winning run.

The ‘Breds had a second chance at a win Wednesday and succeeded. Senior Alex Gordon and freshman lefty Sheldon Baxter pitched for the ‘Breds.

Gordon allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Baxter came in to relieve Gordon and only allowed one hit in 3.2 innings.

The ‘Breds rocked the plate in the second inning as redshirt freshman Taylor Matthews and junior Ty Stetson scored off an infield grounder hit by senior Brandon Elliot.

In the sixth, freshman Dalton West drove in two runs after hitting a single up the middle.

After advancing to second base on a throwing error, West then ran home when the Golden Lions’ shortstop let a ground ball slip between his legs.

The Golden Lions started to make a comeback with two more runs, but it wasn’t enough. The ‘Breds took home the win defeating the Golden Lions 6-3.

Today the ‘Breds will face the South East Missouri State Redhawks in a three-game weekend series on Reagan field at 3 p.m.

 Staff Report.