RiverHawks baseball splits series with Lindenwood
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RiverHawks baseball splits series with Lindenwood


Austin Headlee 

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks baseball team played a series in St. Charles, Mo. against the Lindenwood University Lions, kicking off conference play for the RiverHawks. The team played well and came home with a win from the three-game series.

The RiverHawks scored in the first inning of the first game on Friday to gain an early lead. Zach Henderson, junior designated hitter from Greendale, Wis., recorded an RBI single to put the RiverHawks on the scoreboard. However, the RiverHawks were unable to sustain their early lead as they fell 1-3 to the Lions to start the series. 

The teams were scheduled to play another game on Saturday but it was moved to Sunday due to weather conditions. Playing in an unfamiliar city, the RiverHawks had to be creative to occupy their time. 

“The weather got bad Saturday, so we didn’t play,” said Jake Hendrick, NSU baseball head coach. “There’s always a challenge going on the road and you’re trying to figure out what to do in a city you’re not familiar with. We were in St. Charles and it was raining all day, so you try to get creative with what you do. We worked out in the hotel exercise room, we went to the mall, watched baseball and did study hall, anything we could do just to not be sitting in our rooms all day.” 

The RiverHawks were back on the field Sunday, facing off in a doubleheader against the Lions. The teams played in tightly contested games. The first game of the doubleheader had plenty of offense when both teams were able to score in the first inning. The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the eighth inning, but the Lions were able to score at the bottom of the ninth to seal the game, 8-7.

The RiverHawks were able to leave St. Charles with a win after the last game of the series. The team was able to score five runs off 11 hits, as they won 5-2 for their first conference win of the year. 

“We were in every game,” said Butch Rea, NSU baseball graduate assistant. “The guys gave us opportunities to win. The pitchers threw it well, and at times we executed very well with the bat. We gave ourselves a chance to win and that’s what you can really ask for when playing a good team like Lindenwood.”

The team was able to put many players on the mound who have not received much playing time this season. Parker Kruckenburg, NSU baseball assistant coach, believes the upcoming game against the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Storm can be used as an opportunity to give some players live reps in the game and for others to maintain consistency. 

“It will be a chance for guys to get the opportunities that they want at this point and for some other guys to get some consistency,” Kruckenberg. “They’re a good program with a new coaching staff, and they’re making the adjustments, as well. I expect them to be really competitive like everyone else on our schedule.” 

The RiverHawks are scheduled to play against the Storm at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Thomas C. Rousey Field in Tahlequah. The RiverHawks are now 7-5 for the season and are 1-2 in conference play. The Storm has a 4-9 record this season and are coming off a three-game losing streak to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Weevils.

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