Big bats pace HU over Suny Canton 14-13

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2014-03-16
LAKELAND, Fla. – The Forester baseball team overcame six errors by pounding out 21 hits in their 14-13 nine-inning win over Suny Canton on their opening day of the Russ/Matt Tournament.

Suny Canton opened up an 8-1 lead through the first four innings before Huntington got things rolling in the sixth. With bases loaded, Dalton Combs pounded out a single to plate three runs. Dylan Henricks doubled in Combs and then Avery Sneed and TJ Landstrand each registered run-scoring singles to left to pull the Foresters within one at 8-7.

The Kangaroos slugged out four hits and took advantage of two HU errors to pad the lead at 11-7 in their half of the frame but the Foresters posted seven runs to Suny’s two over the final three innings to mount an impressive comeback.

HU’s only run in the seventh came by way of a Blake Ayers sacrifice fly. The final two innings Huntington scattered six hits but had plenty of help from Suny’s pitching staff as they walked in two runs and gave up another on a wild pitch before Sneed tripled in a pair of runs for the win.

Ryan Bethel, Stephen Michaels, Dalton Combs and Drew McLochlin all saw time on the mound for HU with Combs earning the win and McLochlin picking up the save. Combs pitched three innings during which he gave up two hits and two runs. McLochlin faced the final two batters, giving up two runs before notching the last out to earn his first career save.

Six different Foresters registered multiple hits. Jared Green and Shea Beauchamp each tallied four hits. Roser hammered out three hits as did Sneed who also collected four RBI, drew two walks and scored two runs. Combs and Gower finished with two hits apiece and logged three and two RBI respectively.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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