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Foresters tally 7-3 win over Grace

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WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The #24 Forester baseball team added another league win to their total to remain atop the Crossroads League by handing Grace College (13-25-1, 5-16) a 7-3 loss Wednesday afternoon at Miller Field. With this victory, HU improves to 24-8 overall, 17-3 in conference action.

It proved to be a pitcher’s duel as the nine-inning game featured just 11 hits with HU collecting seven of them. Despite the limited base pokes, Huntington still found a way to more than double up the Lancers on the scoreboard by game’s end.

HU struck first in their opening at bat when Adam Roser doubled into deep right-center, advanced to third on a passed ball and then scampered home on Shea Beauchamp’s RBI-groundout for a 1-0 lead. But that advantage was quickly erased in the bottom of the frame when Austin Baker sent one long with a runner on base to give Grace its only lead of the day at 2-1.

As quickly as Baker shifted the momentum, Dylan Henricks stole it right back in the top of the second when he cranked one over the center field fence for a two-run dinger that gave the lead back to the visitors 3-2.

Roser touched home again in the third to extend the lead to 4-2. It was a good news/bad news scenario as Tyler Zimske grounded into a double play but while that was happening, earned the RBI as Roser was able to cruise home.

The Lancers kept things interesting by pulling within one in the fifth but it was all Coach Frame and crew after that as they scored a run in three out of the last four innings to make for the 7-3 final.

The Roser brothers engineered the last three runs. Andy Roser drove in a run in the sixth on an RBI-single down the left field line and then earned a second RBI in the eighth when TJ Lindstrand tagged up on his rocket into right that was caught. Adam Roser polished off the scoring in the ninth by singling in Jamar Weaver who had opened up the frame by drawing a walk.

Adam Roser finished with four hits, two for extra bases, and two RBI to pace HU at the plate while Mike Crowley added a pair of hits.

Will Coursen-Carr, in his first start for the Foresters, earned the win on the mound. He tossed the first 4.1 innings, giving up four hits, three runs and two walks while striking out eight. Tarrin Beachy pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, surrendering just two hits, after which Caleb Landrum retired the final three batters in the ninth.

Next up for Huntington is a critical three-game weekend series on the road with Taylor University who is currently sitting in the No. 2 spot in the league standings - just half a game behind the Foresters.  

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.