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Foresters run away with 21-5 win over Bethel

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Two pitches into the game, Dalton Combs sent one out of the park to give the #RV HU baseball team a lead that would never be challenged on the way to 21-5 win over the Bethel College (17-15, 7-13) Pilots at Jenkins Stadium Monday afternoon.

Combs’ dinger was just the start of a scoring rampage as Andy Roser, later in the inning, blasted one over the center field fence with bases loaded for his first collegiate grand slam to give HU a 5-0 lead after their first at bat.

It was just the start as the second inning proved to be even more productive than the first. Huntington unleashed for ten runs on seven hits which included a three-run dinger by Mike Crowley to make for a 15-0 tilt. The Foresters tacked on three more runs before the Pilots finally posted two runs in the bottom of the fourth for an 18-2 ball game. Both teams scored three runs over the next three frames for the 21-5 final after seven compliments of the mercy rule.

The final numbers were impressive and served as HU’s most productive offensive outing of the year. Huntington sifted through six Pilot pitchers on the way to finishing 25-for-46 at the plate with 21 RBI. Thirteen different Foresters hammered out at least one hit with Combs leading the way. HU’s lead-off went 5-for-6, scored four times and tallied three RBI.

In addition to Andy Roser’s big dinger, he also logged an RBI-double to finish with two hits and five RBI. Shea Beauchamp and Adam Roser collected three hits apiece and scored three times each to go along with three and one RBI respectively. Huntington’s hit fest also featured four other Foresters adding two base pokes.

While HU’s offensive stole the show, pitching was also on point for Coach Frame’s crew. Connor West tossed the first five innings, giving up just four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four to pick up the win.

With this win, Huntington improves to 23-8 overall, 16-3 in league play. The Foresters hit the road again on Wednesday to take on Grace at 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.