INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The HU baseball team (7-11, 2-2) earned a season split with Marian University after splitting a doubleheader at Marian University Ballpark Thursday afternoon, 0-5, 8-2.
The Foresters’ offense struggled to find any rhythm in game one of the doubleheader as HU mustered only one hit in the 5-0 loss. Huntington’s lone hit came at the bat of Marc Bowers who singled to center in the top of the second. Josh Lanphier was the only other Forester to reach base by working a walk in the same inning.
The Knights tallied nine hits on the day to plate five runs for the convincing win.
Ethan Tribolet took the loss for HU by giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out three in five innings of work.
The Foresters turned things around in the nightcap. It was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel as the Knights held a slim 1-0 advantage through the first five innings before HU unleashed for eight runs in the top of the sixth to take a commanding 8-1 lead. In addition to banging out six hits, the Foresters took advantage of three errors to blow the game wide open.
Bowers made a living on Marian’s mistakes as he reached first on a throwing error and then came around to score on a fielding error to plate HU’s first run of the rally. With bases loaded, Jordan Klopfenstein smacked one into left to drive in two more runs and Eric Schultz followed up with a shot through the right side to plate the visitors’ fourth run of the inning. After a walk to Jamon Hamel loaded the bases again, Lanphier delivered a three-run double and Bowers closed out the inning with an RBI-single.
The Knights got one back in the bottom of the sixth but they would get no closer as HU cruised to the lopsided victory.
Xyan Adkisson was impressive on the mound as he gave up three hits, one run and two walks while striking out two over five innings to notch his second win of the season.
Klopfenstein finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Hammel also picked up a pair of hits and scored a run while five other Foresters added hits.
The Foresters are back at Forester Glen Park on Saturday to host Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.