MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Forester baseball team suffered a pair of losses, 3-2, 4-2, to Mount Vernon Nazarene University Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Field to go winless in their season series against the Cougars. HU drops to 7-15 overall, 2-6 in the MCC.
Despite a solid performance on the mound by Ethan Tribolet, the Foresters continue to be plagued at the plate. They mustered five hits in the opener on their way to a 3-2 loss.
After MVNU scored its first run in the bottom of the second, HU edged in front 2-1 in the fourth. Eric Schultz doubled in a run and Jamon Hammel drove in another on a sacrifice fly but not before they had a little help from the Cougar defense who tallied a throwing and fielding error earlier in the inning to set the stage.
The Cougars countered in the fifth to deadlock the score at 2-2 and after a scoreless sixth inning, MVNU centerfielder Robert Kane delivered a walk-off, run scoring single through the right side to lift the Cougars past HU for the third time in a 24-hour period.
Tribolet was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six in 6.2 innings in the circle.
Schultz paced Huntington offensively by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Adam Christner, Marc Bowers and Chris Menzie were the only other Foresters to register a hit.
While the Foresters scattered eight hits in the nightcap, they struggled to cross the plate as they stranded six runners in the 4-2 loss.
After holding MVNU scoreless through the first two innings of play, things started to unravel for starting pitcher Xyan Adkisson in the third. The Cougars pounded out four hits and capitalized on two failed pickoff attempts and two wild pitches to touch home three times. Mount Vernon added another run in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0.
Menzie’s RBI grounder in the top of the fifth pulled the Foresters within three at 4-1. It looked like HU was poised to redeem their third inning debacle by returning the favor in the top of the seventh. With bases loaded thanks to two singles and a fielding error, HU scored on a wild pitch to keep things interesting but their rally was cut short as Cougar reliever Jeff Estep retired the final batter to wrap-up the win.
Hammel and Marion finished with two hits apiece to pace Huntington at the plate. Menzie logged the only RBI while four other Foresters registered hits.
It was a rough day on the mound for Adkisson as he gave up eight hits, three runs, and two walks in 2.2 innings of work for the loss.
With a day to regroup, the Foresters host the University of Saint Francis for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.