Foresters log two wins over Framingham

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Forester baseball team picked up a pair of wins against Framingham State University (MA) Friday afternoon, 6-3, 8-5, as their time in Florida winds down.

After falling behind 2-1 through the first four innings, HU seized control of game one just a few batters later when they plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Three consecutive singles to load the bases set the stage for Blake Ayers who smacked one into right to knock in the first two runs of the frame. After a rattled Rams’ pitcher hit the next two batters which led to Huntington’s third run, Andy Roser capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give his team a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Ayers, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, gave his team a little more breathing room with another run-scoring single to right in the sixth before the Rams got one back in their last at-bat to round out the scoring.

Shea Beauchamp also collected a pair of hits while Austin Drummond went a perfect 3-for-3 and scored two runs.

Drew McLochlin picked up his first collegiate win by scattering nine hits and allowing three runs for the complete game victory.

The first three innings of the nightcap was packed full of offense as both teams each scored two runs in the first and second innings and added another run in the third to make for a 5-all tie before the Foresters exploded for three runs in the sixth to run away with an 8-5 win.

Highlighting the game was Shea Beauchamp’s two-run shot to left in the opening frame. In the next inning, Drummond and Ayers continued to provide plenty of offensive firepower as both, along with Dustin Rutledge, logged singles with Rutledge coming around to score on a fielder’s obstruction and Drummond touching home on Roser’s single to short.

Drummond played a role in HU’s next two runs, posting a sacrifice bunt in the third to knock in Dalton Combs who had doubled to open the inning and then scoring his second run in the sixth having doubled to start the frame.

Marc Bowers singled in his second RBI of the season right after Roser’s sacrifice fly just one batter earlier to account for HU’s three-run sixth inning.

Drummond finished with two hits and drove in another while scoring two runs. Ayers also scored two runs to go along with three hits. Bowers and Brock Gowers collected two hits apiece.

Tyson Dietrich took the mound in the middle of the game to notch the win, pitching two innings of scoreless relief which included scattering two hits while striking out one. Three other pitchers, Bryce Anderson, Stephen Michaels and Roser, combined to give up six hits and five runs.
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.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director