Reddie Baseball off to Historic Start


Senior HSU baseball player Nick Butler at bat during Sunday’s match against Northwest Missouri at Clyde Berry Field.

Since Henderson State began playing as a member of NCAA D-II athletics in 1993, the Reddie Athletic Program hasn’t seen a baseball team get off to a hotter start than this year’s squad.
Fresh off of a GAC Championship, HSU began its 2022 campaign on Feb. 4, hosting cross-road rival Ouachita Baptist. Pitcher Spencer Taack shut out the Tigers in seven innings, and the Reddies would finish off OBU 4-0. The next day would be a battle. HSU hosted a stingy Northwest Missouri State team that wouldn’t be put out easily. It took ten innings, but the Reddies would win in dramatic fashion after Pate Fullerton hit a walk-off home run to give HSU a 2-1 win.
With the third game in a row coming up, the Reddies hosted a ranked team in Delta State, a former Gulf South Conference foe. Like the matchup a day before, this game would also end in a dramatic fashion. This time Alec Lewis would drive in the winning run for the Reddies, giving HSU their third win in a row and also a win against a ranked opponent.
Feb. 10 began the HSU Invitational as the Reddies battled with Saint Cloud State. Bryson Haskins would end up putting the Reddies ahead for good on a two-run home run in the eighth inning. St. Cloud could not muster any points, giving the Reddies a 7-5 win.
The next three days, Reddie fans were treated to some big wins and high scoring baseball as HSU took down Pittsburg State, Missouri Western State, and Northwestern Missouri State again. The Reddies won those three games by an astonishing combined score of 40-11. As of Sunday February 13th, Henderson State Baseball is now 7-0 for the first time in the modern era and ranked at number 18 in the NCAA D-II rankings.
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