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Foresters’ season comes to an end

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UPLAND, Ind. – The 4th-seeded Forester baseball team’s season came to an end Monday night in an elimination game against 5th-seeded Bethel College (20-24) on day two of the Crossroads League Tournament hosted by Taylor University.

After top-seeded Taylor (39-16) rallied for a 3-1 win over HU earlier in the day, it was sweet revenge for the Pilots as they handed Coach Frame’s crew a 7-1 loss to knock them out of the tourney. Huntington opened up postseason play by blowing out BC 14-3 on Saturday at Forest Glen but BC returned the favor Monday night under the lights at Winterholter Field. 

Not only did the Pilots outhit the Foresters 12-4, they also took advantage of some control issues on the mound to run away with the win. Bethel scored in three different frames and in those at bats, they pounded out seven hits, drew three walks and benefitted from three wild pitches with two runs coming as a direct result of wild pitches. 

Taking a 2-1 advantage into the seventh, BC exploded for three runs in the frame and tacked on two more in the eighth to blow the game wide open as they enjoyed their permanent lead beginning in the second when they touched home twice.

HU’s only run came in the sixth on Shea Beauchamp’s sacrifice fly. The frame seemed hopeful as Adam Roser opened up with a walk and Jamar Weaver doubled to deep right-center to put the go ahead run on second with no outs. Unfortunately, Beauchamp’s sacrifice fly proved to be the only play that affected the scoreboard as HU left two stranded.

Weaver accounted for three of HU’s four hits.  

Brock Gower was charged with the loss for Huntington. He tossed the first 6.2 innings and gave eight hits, five runs and two walks while striking out two.

Game one against Taylor proved just as frustrating for the Foresters.

After five scoreless innings of baseball, Beauchamp finally broke up the pitcher’s duel with a solo blast over the left field fence in the top of the sixth to give his team a 1-0 advantage. It marked Beauchamp’s sixth dinger of the year and proved to be HU’s only offense against the Trojans.

HU starting pitcher Tarrin Beachy breezed through the first seven frames on the mound but five outs from the shutout, the wheels came off.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the sophomore hurler gave up back-to-back walks, his only of the game. A quick pitching change saw Tyson Dietrich work the second out but then give up another pair of consecutive walks to draw things even at 1-1. Taylor’s next batter was hit by a pitch for a 2-1 TU advantage and if that wasn’t enough, a balk by Dax McLochlin, in to replace Dietrich, upped the Trojans lead to two at 3-1 adding insult to injury.  
In addition to Beauchamp’s four-bagger, Dalton Combs added a pair of hits as HU finished with seven hits to Taylor’s six.

Dietrich took the loss for Huntington. He gave up one run and two walks in his brief appearance in the eighth.   

The Foresters wrap up the season with an overall record of 20-28.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.