Huntington, Ind. - The Forester baseball team (0-6) came up empty on their second road trip of the season, dropping both games at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 4-0 and 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars, making their home debut on their newly-turfed infield, got a pair of dominating pitching performances to make quick work of the Foresters.
Junior right-hander Kyle Barr was the story of the first game as he tossed the shutout, limiting the Foresters to three hits while striking out ten.
Mount Vernon's bats came to life in the second inning as they hammered out five hits to score three runs. They tacked on an insurance run in the fourth which proved to be more than enough to claim the opening game victory.
Dan Holcomb took the loss for HU. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three in 3.2 innings of work. Wes Carroll and Tyler Palmer each pitched scoreless relief. The Foresters collected three singles from Adam Christner, Josh Lanphier and Drew Adams.
Things didn't get any better for Huntington in the second game as they faced Jerrob Decker who allowed just one hit while striking out seven to record the Cougars' second shutout of the day.
Just like the first game, the Cougars came up big in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. They added insurance runs in the third and sixth innings to take a commanding 9-0 lead heading into the last frame. After a hitless six innings, Blake Ayers finally broke the the Foresters' drought with a base hit. Two outs later Jamon Hammel drew a walk to give HU their first baserunner in scoring position but Decker spoiled any hope of a Forester rally by getting Marc Bowers to ground out to end the game.
Taking the loss for HU was Mitch Bowers who, in five innings, gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks. Josh Niedermeyer worked the final inning and gave up one hit, two walks, and three runs with one strikeout.