Huntington, Ind. - It was a rough start to the season for the HU baseball team (0-4) as they dropped four games on their first road trip of the year to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
In the first game against Missouri Baptist University on Friday afternoon, the Foresters took advantage of a Spartan error to jump out to an early 1-0 after their first at bat. HU struck again in the top of third thanks to the speed of Adam Christner who reached first on a bunt, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then stole home to push the Foresters' lead to 2-0.
The Spartans got one back in the bottom of the inning to close within 2-1 and then delivered the knock-out punch in the following inning. With the bases loaded, Beau Baker dropped in a double on the right field line to clear the bases and give Missouri Valley the 4-2 lead and eventual win.
Christner finished with two hits to lead the Foresters at the plate. Mitch Bowers (0-1) took the loss for HU giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks.
The second game of the day against 16th-ranked Union University started much like the first with the Foresters holding a 1-0 lead after the opening inning but it was short-lived as the Bulldogs picked up a run in each of the next three innings to take a 3-1 lead. The Foresters threatened in the seventh but their rally fell short as they stranded two runners to squelch any hope of comeback.
Christner and Josh Lanphier finished with two hits apiece. Dan Holcomb, making his pitching debut, took the Forester loss. He gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and five walks.
On Saturday, the Foresters faced Missouri Valley again but this time the Spartans made quick work of the Foresters by plating three runs in the top of the second and then added an insurance run in the third. HU collected four hits on the day but came up empty on the scoreboard as the Spartans cruised to the 4-0 victory.
The Foresters were paced by Eric Schultz with two hits. Xyan Adkisson (0-1) took the loss on the mound giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk.
In the final game of the weekend against Union University, the Foresters gave up a run in the sixth inning to drop a 1-0 decision to the Bulldogs.
The only Huntington hits of the day came from Jamon Hammel and Blake Ayers. Ethan Tribolet (0-1) took the loss for the Foresters giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three.