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HU cruises past Marian 11-5 for 12th straight win

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Someone’s streak was coming to an end Thursday night and the #RV Huntington baseball team made sure it wasn’t theirs as they overpowered Marian University 11-5 at Forest Glen Park. With this win, the Foresters (21-7, 14-2) extend their win streak to 12 while the loss snaps MU’s eight-game streak.  

The Foresters have proven they can hit the ball and tonight was a testament to that as they slugged out 17 hits to the Knights’ 11. Despite leaving 13 runners stranded, HU scored at least a run in each of the first six innings to score in double digits for the sixth time this season.

After Shea Beauchamp doubled in Huntington’s first run in the first, Jordan Jackson blasted the first of two homers over the left field fence with a runner on first to give the Knights their only lead of the night at 2-1 in the top of the second.

But Dylan Henricks made sure it was short-lived by matching Jackson’s two-run dinger with his own in HU’s half of the frame to reclaim the lead at 3-2. While starting pitcher Tanner Wyse held the visitors in check, the Foresters produced a run in each of the next three frames to grow the lead to 6-2 by way of a Mike Crowley RBI-double down the left field line, a feat he would replicate in the sixth, a Beauchamp run-scoring groundout and a Jamar Weaver RBI-single.

Marian got one back in the sixth to trim the lead to three but they would get no closer as HU exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Crowley’s aforementioned double sparked the scoring frenzy after which five Foresters hammered out a single, with Andy Roser and Dalton Combs’ base pokes driving in one and two runs respectively.

The Knights scored twice more, once in the seventh and again in the eighth, but it wouldn’t be near enough as HU cruised to the victory.

Wyse, who entered the contest ranked 8th nationally in total runs allowed (11), tossed the first eight frames to improve to 5-1 on the year. The senior hurler gave up nine hits for five runs while striking out eight.

Offensively, Weaver went 4-for-5 at the plate. Combs, Beauchamp, Crowley and Henricks each cranked out at least two hits while collecting two RBI apiece. Andy Roser added a pair of hits as the sixth Foresters to log multiple hits. He also registered an RBI as did Adam Roser and Weaver.

The Foresters have a day off before hosting the Knights (19-15, 13-5) again on Saturday for a doubleheader at 2:00 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.