MARION, Ind. - The Forester baseball team (5-13, 5-3) handed Indiana Wesleyan University (13-11-1, 8-2) its second conference loss of the season, a lopsided 9-2 decision, in the opener before being edged out 3-2 in the nightcap.
Xyan Adkisson kept the Wildcats in check through the first three innings before giving up two runs in the fourth to pick up the win. He gave up six hits in 4.1 innings on the mound before handing over the reins to Brian Kirschbaum who limited IWU to a single hit over the last 2.2 innings.
After managing only one hit through the first three innings and facing a 2-0 deficit, the Foresters finally came to life at the plate in the top of the fourth to trim the lead to one when Kirschbaum doubled in a run.
It ignited a flurry of activity as HU scored two runs in each of the next two innings and then piled on four more in the seventh to blow the game wide open.
Marc Bowers opened the fifth with a single and eventually came around to score when Adam Christner dropped one into shallow right. Christner then made the most of his opportunities, rounding the bases on a wild pitch and a bobbled dropped third strike before scampering home on a Jamon Hammel RBI-ground out to give his team a 3-2 advantage.
HU increased the lead to 5-2 in the sixth when Tyler Ault, pinch running for Josh Lanphier who had singled down the left field line to open the inning, made his way home on a dropped popup and Austin Drummond knocked in his third run of the season with shot up the middle.
The wheels fell off for the Wildcats in the seventh to which Huntington took full advantage to plate four runs. HU worked all the angles to score its first three runs, piecing together three Wildcat errors, two walks, three passed balls and five stolen bases. Huntington’s only hit of the inning came at the bat of Kirschbaum who drove in the game’s final run.
Kirschbaum and Lanphier led HU offensively with two hits apiece. Kirschbaum also logged two RBI.
It looked like the Foresters would pick up where they left off in the nightcap as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the Wildcats took advantage of an error in the fourth to trim the lead to one and then posted two more runs in the fifth to squeak out the win.
HU’s two runs came in the top of second thanks to some timely hitting. Lanphier started things off with a single down the left field line and then Bryce Anderson and Bowers pounded out back-to-back run-scoring doubles to give the Foresters the temporary lead.
Cody Walters took the loss for HU. In 4.2 innings in the circle, the southpaw gave up three runs, two earned, four hits and one walk while striking out two. Kyle Zerfas tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
HU faces off with the Wildcats again on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Forest Glen Park.