LAKELAND, Fla. – Despite trailing early and rallying late, the Huntington baseball team could never quite get over the hump against Southeastern University (FL), eventually dropping a 7-5 decision to the Fire Wednesday afternoon.
Southeastern enjoyed an early 2-0 lead after their second at-bats but Blake Ayers cut that advantage in half in the top of the third when he knocked in his first of three RBI with a run-scoring grounder to make for a 2-1 contest but the wheels came off in the fourth for Coach Frame and crew.
The Fire scattered three hits and took advantage of two errors and two wild pitches to score five runs, only three of which were earned, take a commanding 7-1 lead. HU struck for a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth to pull within two at 7-5 but it was too little too late as Southeastern hung on for the win.
Ayers drove in two more runs on a single to right in the top of the fifth before Dalton Combs and Jordan Ham each registered an RBI, Combs on a sacrifice fly and Ham on a shot to deep right-center, in the next frame to round out the game’s scoring as neither team tallied a hit in their final at-bat.
Taking the mound for the first time this season, Andy Roser tossed the first three innings and took the loss for HU by giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits while striking out one. Bryce Anderson and Tanner Wyse then combined to provide three innings of scoreless relief.