Huntington, Ind. - After sweeping Spring Arbor University on Saturday, the Forester baseball team (6-13, 3-1) split with the Cougars Tuesday afternoon in MCC action at Burbridge Field.
In game one, the Foresters banged out seven hits but couldn't convert any to points on the board as they dropped a 6-0 decision. The Cougars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in their first at-bats and then added insurance runs in fifth and six innings to cruise to win. Eric Schultz and Marc Bowers finished with two hits apiece to pace the Foresters.
Ethan Tribolet took the loss for HU giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings of work.
The nightcap proved to be different story for the Foresters as they generated six runs on nine hits to claim the 6-5 victory.
HU's first run came in the opening inning after Blake Ayers singled to short and advanced to third on a stolen base and balk. Jamon Hammel then knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Foresters added two more in the third when Schultz tripled in a run and then came around to score on a wild pitch. The Cougars pulled to with one at 3-2 after six innings but the Foresters came alive in the seventh by stringing together three hits and taking advantage of two walks to push HU's lead to 6-2. Hammel drove in the first run with a single to right while Justin Branock added a two-run RBI double.
The four-point cushion proved to be just enough as the Cougars stormed back in the bottom of the frame to score three runs before a pop-up finally ended their fast and furious comeback.
Senior right-hander Dan Holcomb earned the win on the mound for HU allowing one run on one hit and four walks in four innings of work. Brian Kirschbaum came in for two-innings of relief and gave up a run on one hit and a walk. Derek McKinney pitched the final inning for the Foresters surrending three runs on one hit and two walks.
Drew Adams went 2-for-4 from the plate while Hammel and Branock each finished with a hit and two RBI. In addition to his RBI-triple, Schultz scored two runs and drew two base on balls.
The Foresters return to action Thursday when they host MCC-rival Marian University at 2:00 p.m. for a doubleheader.