HU back on track with two wins against Grace

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2011-04-05
Huntington, Ind. - The Huntington baseball team (8-17, 5-5) got back on track with two MCC wins, 5-2, 10-2, at Grace College on Tuesday afternoon.

Mitch Bowers earned his fourth win on the mound for HU giving up only two hits, two walks and two runs over seven innings with four strikeouts.

The Foresters wasted no time taking control of game one as Adam Christner started things off with a double down the left field line and eventually came around to score on Eric Schultz's RBI ground out. Blake Ayers pushed HU's lead to 2-0 after he bunted for a base hit and then took advantage of a Lancer throwing error but it was Justin Branock's two-run shot over the center field fence that blew the game wide open.

The Lancers got one back in the third but Ayers' RBI-single in the fourth extended HU's lead back to four. Grace kept their hopes alive when they took advantage of an HU error to plate a run with two outs in the seventh but their rally came up short as Bowers fanned the final batter to end the game.

The Foresters' bats came alive in the nightcap as they banged out 14 hits on their way to a 10-2 win. Schultz led the charge finishing with three hits and two RBI as the junior was just a triple shy of the cycle. RBI-singles by he and Branock gave HU the early 2-0 but the Lancers matched that in their half of the frame to knot the score at 2-2.

It was Schultz who gave HU the lead for good in the top of the third when he doubled to right, advanced to third on a wild throw and then snuck home when the Lancers picked off Jamon Hamel trying to steal. The Foresters added three more runs in the fourth behind Christner's two-run double. They went on to plate four more runs in the final two innings to cruise to the 10-2 win.

Christner, Ayers and Branock each collected two hits and two RBI for the Foresters while Jordan Klopfenstein went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored two runs.

In his first start as a Forester, John Ripke picked up the win allowing two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings of work while Xyan Adkisson worked a scoreless final two innings of relief.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 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.
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