HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester baseball team went 1-for-2 Thursday afternoon against Indiana Wesleyan University to split the season series 2-2 with the Wildcats.
Huntington dominated the opener 7-3 before suffering a 2-1 loss in the nightcap.
Mitch Bowers picked up his second consecutive win on the mound by scattering eight hits, three runs and one walk while striking out five in 6.2 innings of work. With two outs and bases loaded, Brian Kirschbaum came in on relief to retire the last out for the save.
In a game they never trailed, the Foresters wasted no time getting on the board. After reaching first on a misplaced grounder, Adam Christner eventually came around to score on a Josh Lanphier RBI single to give HU a 1-0 after the first inning.
After two quiet innings, the Foresters struck again in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and a runner on third, Marc Bowers singled to drive in HU’s second run of the game. Drew Adams kept things alive with a base poke to right, Shaun Marion tallied a run scoring single up the middle and Chris Menzie capped off the inning with a double to left to plate two more runs and push the Foresters’ lead to 5-0.
The Wildcats got two back in the next frame and tallied another in the top of the seventh while the Foresters piled on two more runs in the fifth on a Lanphier sacrifice fly and an IWU misplayed grounder to hold Wesleyan at bay for the win.
Offensively, Schultz finished with a pair of hits, stolen bases and runs scored. Menzie registered two hits and two RBI while Lanphier tallied a hit and drove in two runs.
Game two was a low scoring affair in which IWU jumped out to a 2-0 lead after their first at-bats and managed to ride it home for the win.
HU’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. With bases loaded and only one out, a balk by IWU pitcher Michael Caley pulled the Foresters within one at 2-1. With the go ahead run on second, Huntington let a golden opportunity slip away as the Wildcat shortstop made the next two plays to leave both base runners stranded and escape the inning.
The Foresters made a final surge in the seventh with a pair of singles by Bowers and Jordan Klopfenstein but once again the Wildcats made the necessary plays to ward off HU for the win.
Christner and Bowers each picked up two hits to pace Huntington at the plate. Tyler Palmer was tagged with the loss. In four innings on the mound, he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Foresters (12-18, 7-9)are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Grace College for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.