By David Salley
HSU Sports Information
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State broke into the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) NCAA Division II Poll for the first time in seven years on Wednesday evening when the Reddies jumped up to No. 18 in the country following an 8-0 start to the year.
The Reddies, who were previously slotted No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2022 DII Preseason Poll, made a massive leap in the NCBWA rankings, going from unranked and not receiving any votes to inside the Top-20 nationally. It is the first time Henderson has cracked the NCBWA poll since the 2015 season.
After winning its first conference title since 1982 last spring, HSU has kept that momentum alive and is on a tear to begin the 2022 campaign. The Reddies have won eight-straight games to open the season and have outscored their opponents 70-29 overall. Henderson is hitting just under .300 as a team and boasts a stellar 2.74 ERA as a club.
Henderson opens Great American Conference play this weekend, when it hosts perennial contender Oklahoma Baptist for a single game at 6 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader at 12 p.m. Saturday in Arkadelphia.