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Houston Baptist Eliminates NYIT, 6-3


Chase Hernandez propelled the Huskies to a possible spot in the championship with a complete-game effort.

Chase Hernandez propelled the Huskies to a possible spot in the championship with a complete-game effort.

May 27, 2011

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -

Houston Baptist 6, NYIT 3 (Box Score) Get Acrobat Reader

Chase Hernandez allowed three runs in nine complete innings, Kolby Arnst knocked in four runs, and Houston Baptist advances with a 6-3 victory over NYIT on Friday in the 2011 Great West Conference Tournament played at North Dakota's Kraft Memorial Field.

HBU (21-39) will turn right around and play No. 7 seed North Dakota with a championship spot on the line at 5:40 p.m. tonight.

On a rain-slicked field, the Huskies jumped on the Bears early with a three-run first inning off starter J.C. Costa (0-3).

NYIT (20-31) rallied right back in the next half-inning with two runs before HBU plated one more in the bottom half, making it a 4-2 ball game.

After a scoreless third for both teams, Dan Lackner singled in a run for the Bears - his third RBI of the game - trimming the Huskies advantage to 4-3. But like HBU did in the second, the Huskies responded behind a two-run double down the line by Arnst.

Costa lasted five solid innings, allowing six runs - five earned - on seven hits in the losing effort.

Hernandez improved to 4-5 on the season with a much-needed complete game effort for the Huskies. The righthanded hurler struck out seven while allowing 15 hits, but did a great job getting out of trouble all afternoon.

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