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HU baseball outlasts Indiana Tech 4-2

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team grinded out a 4-2 victory over Indiana Tech in their home opener Saturday afternoon at Forest Glen. With this win, the Foresters improve to 7-5 while the Warriors drop to 16-6.

It was pitching by committee for Coach Frame’s squad as nine different Foresters took the mound. Their strategy paid off with Tyson Dietrich tallying the win. It was three up, three down for the senior hurler as he fanned two of the three batters he faced in the second.

The HU pitching crew gave up just one hit through the first six frames before the Warriors finally touched home twice in the seventh on four timely hits to slice their deficit in half at 4-2. Tech went on to post a hit in the eighth and then again in the ninth but never posed a real threat. Sophomore Caleb Landrum tossed the final frame to pick up the save.

Offensively, the third proved to be the Foresters’ big inning. After back-to-back singles by Jamar Weaver and Dalton Combs, Adam Roser advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt to setup heavy hitter Shea Beauchamp. The Wabash native delivered with a two-run shot into deep right-center for a standup double to give his team an early 2-0 advantage.

Two batters later, Beauchamp came around to score on a Mike Crowley RBI-single for a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth where the Foresters tacked on another run compliments of Beauchamp again. This time by way of a base poke through the hole at shortstop to drive in Combs who had singled earlier in the inning.

The Foresters posted eight hits with Beauchamp going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI. Combs and Weaver each hammered out a pair of hits as well to go along with scoring twice and once respectively.

HU opens up the conference portion of their schedule on Monday when they travel to Indiana Wesleyan for a 9-inning game with the Wildcats at 5:00 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.