HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester baseball team wrapped up its season series with the University of Saint Francis Tuesday afternoon at Forest Glen Park where they logged two more wins, 4-0, 3-1, to sweep the four-game series.
HU’ pitching was spectacular as three different Foresters took the mound to give up only seven hits and one run on the day.
Drew McLochlin pitched the complete-game shutout in the opener. He faced 21 batters, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out one.
Offensively, Dalton Combs got his team off to a great start with a three-run blast, his first collegiate homer, in the bottom of the first to give HU a 3-0 lead that was never challenged.
The Foresters went on to add an insurance run in the fifth. Austin Drummond led off with a single to left, made his way to third by way of a Blake Ayers’ sacrifice bunt and Dylan Henrick’s ground out before cruising home on Shea Beauchamp’s single up the middle to round out the game’s scoring.
Beauchamp and Drummond each finished with two hits to account for four of the Foresters’ six hits.
Huntington pounded out six hits in the nightcap and took advantage of six Cougar errors to send USF home with its fourth loss in two days.
Just like the opener, HU took an early lead that stuck by plating a run in their first at-bat when Henricks bunted in Ayers who had opened play with a single to center and taken advantage of a USF wild throw.
Three innings later, the Foresters cashed in on three more Cougar throwing errors to touch home twice more with Drummond logging the only hit of the inning, an RBI-bunt. Saint Francis got one back in the seventh but Marc Bowers struck out DJ Manning swinging for the last out to stifle any attempt of a heroic comeback by the visitors.
Starting pitcher Tyson Dietrich picked up the win to remain perfect on the year at 2-0. He pitched five innings of scoreless ball before being relieved by Bowers who gave up three hits and a run in two innings of work.
Henricks finished 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Foresters offensively.
The Foresters (10-16, 4-8) have a day off before hosting Spring Arbor University at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.