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Foresters blank MVNU in opener, Cougars mount comeback in nightcap

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team dominated the Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in game one of their conference opener, 6-0, before MVNU (15-9, 1-1) mounted an impressive comeback in the nightcap to escape Forest Glen Park with a 7-5 nine-inning victory.

DJ Moore pitched a gem in the opening game, surrendering just two hits and a walk while fanning six in the complete game shutout for his second win of the season.

His teammates backed up his performance by getting the job done behind the plate with the heart of the order doing most of the damage. Cleanup Tyler Zimske drove in HU’s first two runs, one in the first and another in the third to give the Foresters an early 2-0 lead. Shea Beauchamp, third in the lineup, then took his turn to put the game out of reach.

The senior first baseman sent a two-run shot over the left field fence in the fifth for his third homer of the year, the 18th of his career.  One inning later, after an Adam Roser RBI-single, Beauchamp found a hole in center to drive in his third run of the contest and wrap up the game’s scoring.

After three frames of scoreless baseball in the nightcap, offense prevailed with the Cougars enjoying a 15-9 hitting advantage and eventually outlasting their hosts.

HU found a variety of ways to touch home in the middle innings to plate five runs. Zimske got the Foresters on the board in the fourth by doubling in Roser who reached on a walk two batters prior.

In Huntington’s next at bat, a walk, base hit and sacrifice bunt landed runners on second and third with both taking advantage of wild pitches to touch home. Roser opened up the sixth by sending his first pitch over the right field fence after which Zimske, who registered his second of three hits, eventually tagged up on Mike Crowley’s sacrifice fly for what proved to be HU’s last run.

In the meantime, the Cougars scored twice over those same three frames for a 5-2 HU lead but Mount Vernon was just getting started. They spent the seventh inning logging three hits and a walk while benefiting from a wild throw and passed ball to draw even with their hosts 5-5 to send the game to extra innings.

The Foresters had two runners in scoring position in the eighth but couldn’t convert sending the game a ninth inning where Mount Vernon scored twice to secure the win.

Caleb Landrum tossed the final 2.1 innings to get tagged with the loss. He gave up five hits, two runs and a walk while striking out three.

Zimske tallied three hits and drove in a run to finish the series with five hits and three RBI. Drew McLochlin added two hits, drew a walk and recorded two stolen bases for a solid offensive outing.

The Foresters (8-6, 1-1) hit the road to Indiana Wesleyan tomorrow for a nine-inning game with the Wildcats. Opening pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.