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HU runs away with opener, gets stung in nightcap

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GOSHEN, Ind. – The Forester baseball team opened up their four-game series with Goshen College with a bang Friday afternoon by running away with a 15-2 win in game one before being stung with a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.

The opener was a slugfest for Coach Frame’s crew as they manhandled the Goshen pitching staff for 17 hits while drawing three walks in their 38 at-bats for a hitting percentage of .447 and slugging percentage of .658.

The win is HU’s largest margin of victory since March 14, 2009, when the Foresters beat Olivet Nazarene 20-1.  

Huntington scored in all but two innings with the top of the fifth proving to be their most productive frame. Avery Sneed capped off the seven-run performance with a two-run dinger that swelled the lead to 14-2. HU would go on to add its final run in the sixth to make for the lopsided 15-2 win.

TJ Lindstrand scored twice and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate. Mike Crowley added three hits to drive in a run each time. Shea Beauchamp collected two doubles, one of which drove in three runs. The sophomore slugger finished with six RBI. Nate Stark also tallied a pair of doubles and a pair of RBI while scoring twice. Dylan Henricks also finished with multiple hits. He registered two base pokes and touched home three times.

Kyle Zerfas picked up the win. In five innings of work, he gave up four hits, two runs and two walks while striking out five. Zach Shie and Drew McLochlin each pitched an inning where they combined to give up just one hit and a walk to wrap up the win.

It went from one extreme to another in the nightcap. After its most productive offensive outing of the year, HU managed just five hits for one run in game two to suffer one of the most frustrating losses of the season. The win snapped Goshen’s five-game losing streak and marked their seventh win of the year, fifth in the league.

Crowley registered three hits and drove in Huntington’s only run of the contest in the top of the sixth. Dalton Combs and Billy Geeslin were the only other Foresters to pick up a hit. HU left six runners stranded with just half of those runners making it beyond first.

Starting pitcher Tanner Wyse took the loss for HU. In 4.1 innings on the mound, he gave up eight hits and four runs while striking out two.

The Foresters (17-11, 13-5) are back in action later today for another doubleheader at Goshen (7-31, 5-15).  

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.