HUNTINGTON, Ind. – After being shutout 5-0 in the opener to Bethel College, the Forester baseball team regrouped to collect a 7-5 win over the Pilots Friday afternoon at Forest Glen Park. With this split, HU wraps up the season series having posted three wins against one loss against BC.
Huntington scattered five hits in game one with only one Forester getting beyond second. Michael Crowley went 2-for-2 at the plate as the only player for Coach Frame to tally multiple hits in a contest that left six HU runners stranded.
Derek McKinney was tagged with the loss having spent 6.2 innings on the mound where he gave up six hits, four runs, three earned, and six walks. Stephen Michaels pitched the final out but not before giving up a pair of hits and a run.
The Foresters bounced back in the nightcap, making a statement in their opening at-bats to plate four runs for a lead that never wavered. With bases loaded and two outs, Avery Sneed singled in two runs after which Andy Roser smacked a double to drive in two more to account for their team’s first inning scoring.
After Austin Drummond drew a walk in the bottom of the second, Blake Ayers followed up with a double to center to put two runners in scoring position setting up Dylan Henricks’ sacrifice fly to make for a 5-0 ball game. Ayers tacked on another run when he darted home on a dropped third strike to give his team a comfortable 6-0 lead.
HU’s bats went quiet until the sixth when Drummond and Ayers again teamed up for back-to-back singles to open up play for the Foresters. Drummond eventually scored on a wild pitch but not before the Pilots had touched home four times in the middle innings to make for a 7-4 contest. The Pilots would go on to score again in the seventh but it was too little too late as the HU cruised to the win.
Ayers and TJ Lindstrand paced Huntington offensively with two hits apiece.
Starting pitcher Tyson Dietrich picked up the win after spending 4.1 innings on the mound where he gave up three hits, three run and a walk while striking out four.