HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University overpowered the Foresters Monday afternoon at Forester Glen Park to sweep the two-game series, 3-1, 12-2.
It was a rough start for HU as they committed a series of first inning blunders to give up two runs which proved to be just what the Cougars needed for the win. The Cougars tallied one hit in their first at-bat but took full advantage of two errors and a wild pitch to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
The visitors added an insurance run in the fourth before Huntington finally got on the board in the bottom of fifth when Adam Christner plated a run with a sacrifice fly but they would get no more as the Cougars maneuvered their way out of the inning to leave three Foresters stranded.
Chris Menzie registered two of HU’s six hits and a stolen base to pace the Foresters offensively.
Mitch Bowers was charged with the loss. In seven innings of work he gave up three runs, two earned, and two walks while striking out two.
The nightcap proved to be a slugfest for the Cougars as they pounded out 11 hits which included two homeruns on their way to a 12-2 victory.
MVNU built a 5-0 lead after three innings but the Foresters showed signs of life in their next two outings at the plate. Jordan Klopfenstein opened the fourth with a walk and came around to score on Jamon Hammel’s sacrifice fly and Menzie drove in HU’s second run of the game in the following inning to pull the Foresters within three at 5-2.
But it was all Cougars after that as they unleashed for five runs in the top of the sixth and added two more in the seventh to cruise to the win.
In addition to Menzie’s run scoring single, Josh Lanphier, Blake Hohlbein and Marc Bowers each registered a hit in the losing effort.
Left-handed hurler Tyler Palmer took the loss and gave up six runs, six hits and two walks while striking out two in five innings of work.
The Foresters drop to 7-13 overall, 2-4 in the MCC. They head to Mount Vernon today for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader to complete the regular season series with the Cougars.