GOSHEN, Ind. - The HU baseball clobbered Goshen College, 9-0, and then hung on for a 3-2 win on Saturday to log two more Crossroads wins and improve to 11-19 overall, 11-9 in league play. With these wins, the Foresters slide into 5th place in the conference standings.
The first six innings was a pitching duel during which both teams combined for only five hits. HU registered the game’s only run up to that point in the fourth when Jamon Hammel singled in Blake Ayers to give the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into the seventh.
It was an electrifying final at bats for the Foresters as they sent 14 batters to the plate on their way to scoring eight runs to blow out the Maple Leafs. In addition to drawing three walks and taking advantage of an errant throw, HU pounded out seven hits which included run-scoring base pokes by Marc Bowers, Jordan Klopfenstein, Josh Lanphier, Bryce Anderson and Brock Gower to run away with the contest.
Cody Walters was sensational on the mound, giving up only two hits and three walks while striking out one en route to the complete game shutout.
Ayers finished 3-for-4 from the plate and scored two runs to pace HU offensively. Gower added two hits and finished with an RBI while Anderson and Bowers each drove in two runs with their seventh inning hit.
The nightcap went HU’s way as well. After opening the game with a leadoff double, Adam Christner eventually touched home on an Ayers’ RBI-groundout to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage and a lead that would stick.
Four innings later the Foresters struck again to tack on two more runs. Lanphier opened up the fifth with a single to left and Kirschbaum drew his third walk of the day to set the stage. A muffed play on a bunt ended with Lanphier scampering home and then Gower knocked in Kirschbaum on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-0.
GC would get two back in the bottom of the sixth but Kirschbaum came in on relief to work the innings’ final two outs to cut the Maple Leafs’ rally short before holding them scoreless in the seventh to record the save.
Kyle Zerfas picked up the win, giving up five hits and two runs in 5.1 innings in the circle.
Christner, Ayers and Lanphier logged HU’s only hits of the game.
The two teams wrap up the season series on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Glen Park.