UPLAND, Ind. - After inclement weather pushed the Foresters’ last regular season contest from Saturday to Monday, HU dropped a 14-8 decision to No. 24 Taylor University before heavy rains forced the nightcap to be cancelled after four innings of play.
Tyler Palmer pitched the first 2.2 innings for the Foresters and was charged with the loss. He gave up five runs on four hits. John Ripke came in on relief to pitch the final 3.1 innings during which he gave up nine runs, seven earned.
Known for their offensive explosiveness, the Trojans lived up to their reputation by plating multiple runs in all but two innings. They jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Foresters finally strung together six hits in the top of the fifth highlighted by RBI doubles by Marc Bowers, Shaun Marion and Josh Lanphier to pull within 9-5.
HU erased the lead to three at 11-8 in the following inning when Bowers and Marion each picked up their second run scoring hit of the game. But they would get no closer as Taylor tacked on three more runs in their half of the frame to put the game away.
The Foresters pounded out 14 hits, five for extra bases, with Brian Kirschbaum going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Marion finished with two hits, one run and three RBI while Chris Menzie and Bowers each picked up a pair of hits. Bowers also scored two runs and drove in two more.
HU (25-24, 20-15) heads into the MCC Tournament as the No. 5 seed. They will play 4th-seeded Spring Arbor University at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the winner taking on top-seeded Taylor University at 4:00 p.m.