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HU continues their winning ways by sweeping Grace

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WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The #RV HU baseball team continued their winning ways Tuesday afternoon by sweeping the Lancers of Grace College, 8-6, 6-0, at the Miller Athletic Complex. The Foresters are riding an 11-game win streak and improve to 20-7 overall, 13-2 in league play.

Both teams leveraged for the advantage through the first five frames of game one before the Foresters finally unleashed for three runs in the sixth to take a 7-5 tilt that served as a permanent lead. Heading into the sixth, the scoreboard favored the Lancers 5-4.

Shea Beauchamp sparked Huntington’s big inning with a two-out solo shot over the left field fence for his eighth dinger of the year, the 23rd of his career. Four batters later, with bases loaded, Andy Roser delivered the game-winner, a double to deep right-center, to drive in two runs.

Leading up to the sixth, Grace (12-21-1, 4-12) got on the board by way of a Forester error in the first and then relied on their heavy hitters as three different Lancers launched one out of the park to account for their next four runs.

Coach Frame’s crew touched home for the first time in the second on a Dylan Henricks’ sacrifice fly. Dalton Combs then got in on the home derby by leading off the third with a blast over the right field fence. Two more Foresters found their way home in the top of the fifth by way of a dropped fly and a second Henricks’ RBI, this time by way of a double.  

Both teams scored an unearned run in the seventh to round out the scoring.

Huntington doubled up their hosts, logging 14 hits to GC’s seven. Andy Roser finished with two hits and three RBI. Henricks also collected a pair of hits to go along with two RBI. Beauchamp went 3-for-4 at the plate and tallied an RBI while three other Foresters registered multiple hits to make for a well-balanced attack.

Caleb Landrum, who relieved DJ Moore in the fifth, earned the win in the circle. He tossed the final 2.2 innings to give up three hits and an unearned run while striking out three.

Connor West and Tarrin Beachy teamed up to toss a shutout in the nightcap. West started out on the mound where he gave just three hits and three walks while striking out five through the first 4.2 innings before being relieved by Beachy who also surrendered just three hits while fanning eight of the 16 batters he faced. West picked up the win for his third W of the year.

Huntington has held their opponents scoreless in three of their last four outings.

Offensively, the Foresters scored half their runs in the first two innings and then capped off the night by scoring three more in their final two at bats. Tyler Zimske started off the afternoon by singling in Beauchamp who had reached base on a wild throw in the first.

HU scored twice more in the second on a Henricks’ sacrifice fly and Jamar Weaver’s run-scoring single for the early 3-0 advantage. The next five innings were quiet as both teams combined for just six hits before the Foresters mustered up a few more runs to put an exclamation point on the win.

The Roser brothers teamed up to drive in Huntington’s final three runs. Adam Roser knocked in run No. 4 in the top of the eighth with a single to right. The elder Roser, Andy, then doubled in Zimske and Mike Crowley, who reached on a single and bunt respectively, in the ninth to round out the scoring.

Andy Roser posted three hits, two of which were doubles, and two RBI to pace HU at the plate. Henricks, Adam Roser and Zimske each finished with two base pokes and an RBI. HU outhit their hosts 13-6.

The Foresters return to Forest Glen Park on Thursday to host Marian University, currently riding an eight-game win streak, at 4:30 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.