Redhawks Out-Slug Central Arkansas 12-5
March 20, 2007
CONWAY, Ark. - (Tuesday, March 20, 2007) When Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) hit his leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game, it was apparent that the ball was carrying out to left field. It was also apparent that the Redhawks were not experiencing any hangover effects from Sunday's blowout victory as they went on to defeat Central Arkansas 12-5 on Tuesday.
Southeast (12-6) combined with the Bears (9-10) for five home runs at UCA Field in the afternoon affair. The Redhawks hit a pair of homers while Central Arkansas hit the other three.
Still, the game ended with the Redhawks leading in the most important statistic - runs scored. After Padilla's leadoff homer, Southeast took a 3-0 lead when Dustin Pritchett (Kennett, Mo./Forest Park CC) legged out an RBI single on the infield. Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson HS) scored on the play as the shortstop's throw sailed past the first baseman.
The Bears posted their only run against Riley in the third inning when third baseman Craig Nyborg hit his first of two home runs on the day.
Central Arkansas tacked another run on the board in the sixth inning with the aid of an error and a passed ball.
With the Redhawks' lead cut to 3-2, senior Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) broke the game open for the Redhawks in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Shah delivered a two-run double to right field. After drawing the count to 2-0, Padilla was intentionally walked to reload the bases with one out.
Harris singled up the middle after the second out was recorded, sending two runners across the plate. He stole second base two pitches later, and moved to third when Daryl Graham (Fort Scott, Kan./Cowley County CC) chopped an RBI infield single to third base. Harris scored the Redhawks' sixth run of the inning on a wild pitch as Southeast extended its lead to 9-2.
Nyborg hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in the bottom half of the seventh, but Central Arkansas would not come any closer after that as the Bears and Redhawks only traded punches.
The Redhawks added a pair of runs in the eighth inning to match Nyborg's two-run homer as Padilla and Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) hit back-to-back RBI singles.
The Bears answered with a solo home run from pinch hitter Chris Houk in the bottom half of the inning, but Pritchett threw the final blow for Southeast in the top of the ninth with a solo home run to cap off the Redhawks' 12-run game.
Pritchett finished the day 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Five other Southeast hitters had two hits in the ball game, including Padilla, Harris, Graham, Shah and Robby Moore (Rombauer, Mo./Jefferson CC).
Southeast, which came out of its offensive hibernation against Arkansas-Pine Bluff over the weekend, has now scored 31 runs on 36 base hits over the last two games. The offense slugged six extra base hits against the Bears on Tuesday and raised the season average 12 points to .265.
The Redhawks will conclude the two-game midweek series against the Bears tomorrow afternoon as they try to win their sixth straight contest. First pitch at UCA Field in Conway, Ark., is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 1220 AM KGIR or via webcast available at www.kgir.com.