HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU baseball team picked up a pair of wins over Grace College Tuesday afternoon to notch their fourth consecutive win over the Lancers. The Foresters have won nine of their last 12 contests to improve to 14-18 overall, 11-9 in MCC play.
Huntington pulled off a 2-0 win in the opener and cruised to a 6-1 victory in the nightcap to complete the series sweep.
Forester ace Mitch Bowers suffocated Grace’s offense in the opener for the complete-game shutout. He scattered six hits and issued no walks while striking out six.
Jordan Klopfenstein got things rolling for the Foresters in the bottom of the first by drawing a base on a balls and eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch to give HU what proved to be a permanent lead.
Klopfenstein rallied the troops again in the third to tack on an insurance run. After singling to short and swiping second, he scampered home on Adam Christner’s RBI base poke to push the lead to 2-0.
Backed by solid defense, Bowers made sure there wouldn’t be a heroic comeback as the Lancers never advanced past first base the rest of the way.
Adam Christner fueled the Foresters’ offense with two hits and an RBI. Marc Bowers registered two hits while Klopfenstein touched home twice to go along with a hit and stolen base.
The Foresters’ bats came alive in the nightcap as they pounded out 11 hits to the Lancers’ eight.
After playing to a 1-1 tie in the fourth, the Foresters blew the game wide open in the fifth by sending ten batters to the plate and scoring five times anchored by run scoring hits by Blake Ayers, Chris Menzie and Austin Drummond.
After Tyler Palmer turned in four solid innings on the mound to give up one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five, Cody Walters pitched two outs of the fifth before Brian Kirschbaum took over the reins to log the win. In 2.1 innings of scoreless work, he gave up three hits while fanning three.
Ayers, Klopfenstein and Jamon Hammel each finished with a pair of hits. Ayers also scored a run and drove in two more while Menzie finished with a hit and three RBI.
The Foresters hit the road on Thursday to take on Bethel College for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.