By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network
Three days after breaking the Henderson State all-time home runs record, Greyson Stevens delivered a stageworthy encore performance.
With the game tied 7-7 in the bottom of the tenth inning and two outs against HSU with nobody on, the program’s home runs leader backed up his title, smashing a no-doubter over the scoreboard in right field, sending the home crowd at Clyde Berry Field into euphoria. Stevens was met at home plate with celebratory shouts as the Reddies walked it off against Delta State Tuesday evening, 8-7.
Cade Tucker earned the win after throwing just six pitches in the top of the tenth inning, inducing a fly-out to left, a groundout to shortstop and a swinging strikeout to set the stage for the walk-off. At the plate, Colton Patterson delivered three hits on four appearances while also working one walk. Charles Hoof tallied two hits and four RBIs in the victory.
After finding itself down 5-0 through five and a half innings, Henderson used its first big home run of the game to meet the Statesmen’s score. A Stevens triple was met with an RBI-single from Argenbright for the Reddies’ first run of the night while the next two HSU batters got on via a single and a walk before Hoof came to the plate.
In his second home run in as many games, Hoof inched a ball over the left field wall to tie things up with one swing of the bat, 5-5, marking Henderson’s second grand slam in three days. Now with a game on their hands, Delta State responded with two runs in the top of the seventh before HSU tied it back up with runs in the seventh and eighth frame.
With a chance to take the lead in the bottom half of the eighth inning, Stevens came to the plate with a man on second and third, but struck out to leave the game at a deadlock for the time being. Stevens would make do on his next opportunity.
After neither team could separate itself in the ninth, play moved to the 10th inning. Right-handed pitcher Tucker served as the opening act to Stevens’ show-stopping number as the senior hurler from Conway, Arkansas entered in relief, sitting down the next three Statesmen with just six pitches to give the Reddies the chance to walk it off for the second time.
When it looked like Henderson was going to see a similarly quick half-inning, Stevens stepped up to the plate with two outs. On a 2-0 count, the greatest hitter in program history delivered a shot into the night sky that spelled victory for the red-and-gray, 8-7.
Henderson St. (11-4, 5-1) returns to GAC play when it makes the short trip up north to Russellville where it will meet Arkansas Tech for a three-game weekend series Mar. 3-4.
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