MARION, Ind. – The Forester baseball team continued their tear through April by picking up a pair of wins at Indiana Wesleyan University, 9-6, 8-4, Thursday afternoon at Wildcat Field. HU has posted 11 wins against just three losses during the month of April to improve to 19-19 overall, 13-11 in league play.
With yesterday’s wins, Huntington moves ahead of IWU into 4th in the Crossroads standing.
The Foresters mounted a ferocious comeback in the opener by scoring six runs in the 7th to notch the 9-6 win. The previous three innings were unkind to HU as they managed only one hit to find themselves in a 6-3 hole but Coach Frame’s gritty squad rallied back to piece together one of most savvy offensive innings of the season.
The rally started with Austin Drummond being hit by a pitch followed by an IWU error and a walk to load the bases. The next four batters hammered out hits, three of were run-scoring base pokes, with the final two runs coming by way of a sacrifice fly and the Wildcats’ second error of the frame.
Avery Sneed, Shea Beauchamp and TJ Lindstrand finished with two hits apiece, each tallying one of those in the 7th. They combined to drive in seven runs. Dylan Henricks was the only other Forester to pick multiple hits. He registered a pair of hits and came around to score three times.
After starting pitcher Brock Gower tossed the first five innings during which he gave up seven hits and six runs, Marc Bowers pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, his second of the season.
Huntington never trailed in the nightcap. They went through three IWU pitchers on their way to outhitting their hosts 14-8 to score runs in all but two innings for the 8-4 win.
Drummond paced the Foresters offensively by going 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in another. Henricks, Beauchamp and Lindstrand carried over their hot bats from the opener, registering two hits each while Michael Crowley also got into the action with a pair of hits and two RBI.
Blake Hohlbein (3-4) had a solid outing in the circle to pick up the complete-game victory. The junior hurler gave up eight hits, four runs and one walk while striking out five.
The Foresters will go head-to-head with the Wildcats again on Saturday. Opening pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Forest Glen Park.