Campbellsville, Ky. - Opening up against the No. 27 team in NAIA baseball, the Foresters went winless against the Tigers of Campbellsville University over the weekend dropping a pair of games on Friday and then two more on Saturday.
It looked like HU was going to pick up where they left off last spring as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead to open up play but the Tigers’ bats came alive to overwhelm HU 12-4 in Friday’s opener.
After Adam Christner and Eric Schultz drew back-to-back walks to get things started for the Foresters, Blake Ayers singled to shallow right to load the bases. Christner then came around to score on a catcher interference call to give HU a 1-0 lead. A Tiger error allowed two more runs to cross the plate and HU’s final run came on Marc Bowers’ fielder’s choice RBI to push the lead to 4-0.
The tides began to turn in the second as the Tigers cut the lead in half. They went on to log a five-run inning in the third to push on top 7-4 and added an insurance run in the fourth before Danny Lapchak logged to his first career grand slam to blow the game open.
Tiger pitcher Jacob Cook pitched a complete-game victory by retiring 12 of HU’s final 16 batters. Mitch Bowers took the loss for HU giving up ten hits and eight runs.
The nightcap was a pitcher’s duel between last year's Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Year, Michael McBride, and Huntington senior Ethan Tribolet with the Tigers coming out ahead 2-1. Both teams went scoreless through the first three innings and combined for an average of only 3.3 pitches per batter faced throughout the game.
HU’s only score of the night came in the fourth when Ayers smacked a leadoff double to deep left and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Jamon Hammel to give the Foresters a 1-0 lead.
After holding the Tigers hitless through the first four innings, Tribolet’s bid for a no-hitter came to a screeching halt. With two outs in the fifth, Campbellsville hammered out three hits and took advantage of a Forester error to jump on top 2-1.
Tribolet took the loss for HU. He gave up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three. Ayers finished 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Foresters offensively.
HU is back in action on Saturday to face the Tigers for another doubleheader.