HUNTINGTON, Ind. – With only Goshen and Grace yet to play, the Forester baseball team (20-20, 14-12) is sitting in 4th in the Crossroads standings after splitting with Indiana Wesleyan University (16-26, 13-13) Saturday afternoon at Forest Glen Park.
HU enjoyed a 4-2 win in the opener before the Wildcats took it to their hosts, 7-1, in the nightcap. With this split, Huntington wrapped up its third consecutive 3-1 season series win, having beaten Taylor last week and Bethel the week before.
Two Forester pitchers teamed up on the mound to surrender only four hits with starting pitcher Tyson Dietrich picking up the win. He gave up three hits, two runs and two walks while striking out one through the first 5.1 frames before Derek McKinney tossed the final 1.2 innings, limiting the Wildcats to one hit to notch his first save of the season.
Offensively, HU posted eight hits but had a little help from IWU to plate its four runs. The Foresters turned a two-run deficit into a one-run advantage in the second that featured half the hosts’ base pokes including an Avery Sneed RBI-single. Huntington second run came by way of a fielding blunder with the game-winner compliments of Michael Crowley’s run-scoring ground out.
Huntington tacked on an insurance run in the fourth after Brock Gower bunted his way to first, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then snuck home after back-to-back passed balls to wrap up the contest’s scoring.
Gower scored twice and finished 2-for-3 at the plate while TJ Lindstrand was a perfect 3-for-3.
After four innings of scoreless ball in the nightcap, the Wildcats scored at least two runs in the each of the final three innings to run away with the lopsided 7-1 contest. Huntington struggled at the plate, registering only four hits with Crowley logging his team’s only RBI, a two-run double to right in the fifth.
Starting pitcher Drew McLochlin took the loss for HU. He spent 4.1 innings on the mound where he gave up four hits, three runs and one walk while striking out two. Marc Bowers and John Ripke combined to toss the final 2.2 innings where they each gave up two runs and four and three hits respectively.
The Foresters are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Goshen for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader against the Maple Leafs.