UAFS Lions Baseball Hosts Event for March of Dimes

UAFS Lions Batting for a Cure 2013

The UAFS Lions baseball team will host a Batting for a Cure event on April 19-20 when they play Oklahoma Panhandle State in a three-game Heartland Conference series at Crowder Field.

The three-game series will begin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on April 19 and conclude with a 1 p.m. nine-inning game on April 20.

Show your support for this worthy cause by purchasing a Batting for a Cure water bottle for $5 at any baseball home game or at the UAFS bookstore. Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes and Fort Smith March of Dimes.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Fort Smith March for Babies on April 20. Registration will be at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. at Fort Smith’s Creekmore Park.

Earlier in the week, the UAFS Lions baseball team beat the Henderson State Reddies in non-conference action.

After being swept in a three-game, nonconference series by McMurry University last weekend, the UAFS Lions were in definite need of a confidence-booster.

They got just that on Wednesday.

Three pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as UAFS beat in-state rival Henderson State 4-0 in nonconference play at Crowder Field. UAFS won the three-game series against Henderson State, having split a doubleheader earlier this season at Henderson State.

UAFS Lions starter Koby Chadick allowed one hit and struck out two in four innings, but the junior right-hander earned a no-decision. Middle reliever Austin Duerr (1-2) earned his first win of the season, allowing just one hit with two walks and two strikeouts over three innings. Junior right-hander Eric Tiefenthaler earned his first save in as many opportunities, allowing four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings of relief.

No Reddies batter had multiple hits, but the top of the order did the most damage, going a collective 3 for 12. All six of Henderson State’s hits were singles, and the Reddies (21-18) left eight runners on base.

UAFS Lions (20-17) touched four Henderson State pitchers for eight hits, including four for extra-bases. Still, the Diamond Lions left 10 runners on base.

Designated hitter Josh Gibson, who was a mid-game substitute, was 2 for 2 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Left fielder Kyle Dickens was 2 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Adam Baker was 1 for 2 with a solo home run.

The Diamond Lions carried a slim 2-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning before Gibson and Baker belted back-to-back, solo home runs to left field off Reddies reliever Matt Turner to push their lead to four runs.

It was the first home runs of the season for Gibson and Baker.

Henderson State starter Scott Shimp (0-1), who was the first of four Reddies pitchers, suffered the loss, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings.