HU relies on solid pitching to snag two wins over Bethel

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester baseball team posted two more wins to its win column Monday afternoon by sweeping the Pilots of Bethel College, 2-0, 3-1. HU improves to 9-17 overall, 9-7 in conference play while BC drops to 8-24, 5-13.

Aside from the Foresters’ runs in the first and fifth innings, it was a relatively quiet opener as HU kept the Pilots in check by recording three 1-2-3 innings and scattering five hits throughout the other four innings as only one Pilot made it past second base.

While HU only tallied four hits in the contest, they made the most of their opportunities. Jordan Klopfenstein used his speed to plate Huntington’s first run. After singling up the middle, he stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scampered home on a Blake Ayers’ RBI-groundout to give his team an early 1-0 lead.

The Foresters added an insurance run in the fifth on another RBI-groundout. This time it was Adam Christner who was credited with the run scored when he knocked in Dustin Rutledge who had singled to left to open the inning.

In addition to Klopfenstein and Rutledge’s hits, Ayers and Bryce Anderson also registered base pokes.

Xyan Adkisson pitched a gem, holding the Pilots scoreless and giving up five hits while striking out three in 6.1 innings on the mound for the win. Brian Kirschbaum pitched the final two outs to notch his third save of the year.

Christner’s two-run blast in the bottom of the third highlighted the nightcap. Ayers then capped off the inning with an RBI-double as the Foresters logged all three of its runs in their third at bats.

Bethel got one back in the top of the sixth and had the tying run on first but reliever Blake Hohlbein maneuvered his way out of the inning to stifle a threatening Bethel squad.

Kyle Zerfas picked up his second win of the season. He tossed 5.1 innings and gave up four hits and one run while striking out three. Hohlbein came on in relief to pitch the final 1.2 innings to log the save.

Christner went 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace HU at the plate.

Huntington is back in action this afternoon to host Taylor University at 4:30 p.m.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director