FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The HU baseball team hammered out seven hits to score seven runs in the fifth in their opener against the University of Saint Francis on their way to an 11-1 win for Coach Frame’s 700th career victory.
The Foresters went on to outlast the Cougars, 2-1, in the nightcap to move Frame’s career record to 701-602 during his 30 year tenure.
After playing to a 1-1 tie through the first four innings, HU left little double that Frame would reach his milestone victory as Huntington sent 11 batters to the plate. Austin Drummond picked up both of his hits in the frame with his last base poke knocking in a run. TJ Landstrand highlighted the inning by doubling in three runs while Shea Beauchamp, Andy Roser and Avery Sneed each tallied an RBI to blow the game wide open at 8-1.
Huntington picked up where they left off to plate three more runs in the sixth behind run-scoring doubles by Roser and Dalton Combs and a sacrifice fly by Jared Green to make for the lopsided win.
The Foresters finished with 12 hits. Blake Ayers went 3-for-5 at the plate while Roser, Sneed and Drummond added two hits apiece.
John Ripke went the distance on the mound to notch the complete-game victory. He gave up six hits, one run and a walk while striking out six for his second win of the season.
The nightcap was not peppered with as many runs but proved to be just as exciting as Green knocked in the winning run in the top of the seventh to polish off the Cougars.
After three innings of scoreless ball, Saint Francis scored in the bottom of the fourth to take a brief 1-0 lead as the Foresters fired right back. Sneed opened up the fifth by doubling down the left field line, advancing to third on Green’s sacrifice bunt and then scampering home on Drummond’s RBI-groundout.
Fast forward to the seventh where Landstrand and Brock Gower each pounded out singles to put runners on the corners, setting the stage for Green’s game-winning fielder’s choice.
Blake Hohlbein (1-3) was sensational in circle. He limited the Cougars to six hits, one run and a walk while striking out five for the complete-game win.
HU outhit USF 7-6 with Dylan Henricks leading the way with a pair of hits.
The Foresters (8-16, 2-8) are back at it today to host Saint Francis at 4:30 p.m.