After having a week layoff due to poor weather conditions, the Foresters were finally able to get back on the field as they traveled to Indianapolis to face Marian College. HU got off to a slow start, losing game one 3-2, but then got their bats going to win the nightcap 10-4.
The Knights plated a run in the bottom of the first to open the scoring in game one. HU (10-11, 4-2) tied it up in the third and took a brief 2-1 lead with another run in the top of the fourth. Marian quickly reclaimed the lead with two in their half of the fourth and then held the Foresters in check the remainder of the game.
Zach Crooks led the Foresters at the plate with a 3-3 performance and a RBI. Drew Taylor (5-1) lost for the first time this season for HU. He went the distance and gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
In the nightcap, Eric Randel (2-4) threw six scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the year. He struck out two while allowing four hits and three free passes. Jonathon Rudy, who came on in relief of Randel, gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in the final inning.
HU took a commanding 5-0 lead after two innings and added three more in the fourth and one in the fifth and seventh before the Knights finally got on the scoreboard with four in their last at-bat.
The Foresters banged out 14 hits to eight for Marian. Korey Grow went 4-4 at the plate and scored two runs to lead HU. Alex Rinearson had three hits including a double and drove in three runs. Andrew Drummond also added three RBI on a two-run double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
"We were a little rusty offensively the first game," said Coach Frame. "Marian's number one pitcher is pretty good, but we let him off the hook a couple of times. Drew pitched well enough to win. We got hurt on a inning ending routine ground ball that hit the bag at first base and led to their 2nd and 3rd run. Eric was very good in the second game and we were better offensively."