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HU baseball completes series sweep over USF to extend win streak to seven

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The #RV Forester baseball team claimed the series sweep over the University of Saint Francis with a pair of wins, 4-3, 13-2, Saturday afternoon at Forest Glen Park. With these Ws, HU improves to 16-7 overall, 9-2 in league play, and ups their win streak to seven.

Coach Frame’s squad is currently sitting atop of the conference, 1.5 games ahead of second-place Taylor University.

Game one proved to be the closest contest of the three-game series but didn’t necessarily start out that way. The Foresters jumped out to a 4-0 lead before USF finally got on the board in the top of the sixth by plating all three of their runs to trim the lead to one at 4-3.

Starting pitcher Mason Shinabery was flawless through the first five frames, retiring his first 15 batters. But his bid for a perfect game came up short as he issued his only walk to open up the sixth and then gave up three hits for three runs. It was an impressive win, his second of the season, with Caleb Landrum working a 1-2-3 seventh for the save. 

Offensively, Andy Roser drove in Huntington’s first two runs, his first on an RBI-single in the second with his second coming on a sacrifice bunt in his next at bat in the fourth. Will Coursen-Carr knocked in a second run in the fourth with a single into left.

Adam Roser delivered what proved to be the game-winner in the fifth by driving in Dalton Combs, who had doubled up the middle, with a base poke into right.

Game two, slated to be a nine-inning contest, was cut two frames short because of the mercy rule.

After a relatively quiet opener offensively, the Foresters made sure the nightcap didn’t follow suit by exploding for six runs in their first at-bat. They would go on to pile on three more runs in the second for an early 9-0 advantage.

While the Cougars answered with their only two runs of the game in the third compliments of two HU errors and a wild pitch, HU touched home four more times in the fourth to blow the game wide open on the way to cruising to the 11-point spread.

Pitching was again stellar. This time Connor West and Coursen-Carr teamed up to get the job done with West earning the win. He tossed the first five innings where he gave up six hits, unearned two runs and two walks while striking out seven after which Coursen-Carr pitched two frames of scoreless hitless relief.

Huntington more than batted around in the first. After three consecutive walks, Mike Crowley was the first to put points on the board with a two-run single into left-center. Andy Roser and Dylan Henricks each posted an RBI-single after that before Combs logged his first of two run-scoring doubles to drive in the inning’s final two runs.

After two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases in the third, Hunter Losekamp delivered with his second hit of the year by finding a gap in left to drive in a pair of runs after which Henricks logged his second RBI-single of the game to give his team their 9-0 lead.

HU’s final scoring rampage came in the fifth with a walk and hit batter setting the stage for three straight run-scoring hits for four runs to make for the blowout and cut the game short.

Combs finished with three hits and four RBI to pace HU at the plate. Henricks added two hits and two RBI while Crowley and Losekamp each posted a hit and two RBI.

The Foresters hit the road to Indiana Wesleyan on Monday for a single nine-inning game at 4:00 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.