Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hendrix Claims First Ever SCAC Baseball Championship

Hendrix First-year pitcher Caleb Schallawitz held a powerful Trinity offense to one run on only three hits and struck out two in an 11-1 eight inning victory that gave the Hendrix College Warriors its first ever SCAC baseball championship and the school's first men's SCAC championship in any sport.

The Warriors went through the tournament undefeated and earn the SCAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.Schallawitz dominated a Tiger offense that totaled 68 hits and averaged 12 runs per game in its four previous SCAC Tournament games. The Warriors pounded out 18 hits, which included at least one hit by everyone in the lineup, and did most of its damage thanks to a four run third inning and a four run fourth inning. Hendrix's No. 1-6 hitters went a combinded 13-23 (.565) and drove in eight of the teams' 11 runs. Warriors right fielder Nathan Harr went 3-for-4 with a run scored and drove in two runs. Teammate Daniel Ward went 1-for-3 highlighted by his two run home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth. Ward finished the day with two runs scored and two RBI.

Trinity center fielder Dylan Eaarly drove in the lone Tigers' run with a solo home run to right field in the top of the fifth inning. Eaarly finished the day 1-for-3 with a run scored and drove in a run.

Hendrix improved to 22-21 on the season as the Warriors will wait for its draw in the NCAA Division III regionals, which will be announced Sunday May 5 or Monday May 6. Trinity finished its season at 24-21.

After the game the SCACs Jeff DeBaldo caught up with the head coach of the Warriors R.J. Thomas and all four seniors on the Hendrix roster.

To listen to Thomas, click here.

To listen to the seniors, click here.

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