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HU opens up season by splitting with #14 Campbellsville

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Forester baseball team opened up their season with an impressive 5-1 win over #14 Campbellsville University Friday afternoon at HIG Field. The win marks just the second time in seven years the Foresters have picked up a win on opening day.

Senior Dalton Combs headlined the afternoon with a three-run blast in the top of the sixth to blow the game wide open. Today’s dinger is the 11th of his career. He sent it long on a 2-2 count after Jake Hansen singled to short and Jamar Weaver was hit by a pitch.  

Just one inning prior, the Foresters rallied with two outs to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Michael Crowley opened up the frame with a single to left. Two strikeouts later, Andy Roser doubled in TJ Lindstrand, Crowley’s pinch runner, to log HU’s first RBI of the year.

The go ahead run came by way of three straight base on balls, the first being intentional. Dylan Henricks drew the third and final walk of the inning to push HU’s second run across the plate.  

Starting pitcher Tanner Wyse pitched a gem to pick up the win. He spent 5.2 innings on the hill and gave up just three hits and one unearned run while striking out nine. Caleb Landrum worked the final four outs during which he surrendered two hits.

The Foresters outhit their hosts 10-5 with Combs leading the way with two hits and three RBI. Andy Roser also registered a pair of hits which included his RBI-double.

The bats weren’t as kind to Coach Frame’s crew in game two as they managed just three hits to the Tigers’ 12 to make for a lopsided 8-0 outcome. Combs, Shea Beauchamp and Henricks were the only Foresters to register a hit in a contest where HU never made it past second base.

Campbellsville scored twice in the bottom of the first and then exploded for six runs in the sixth to run away with the win.

Dax McLochin took the loss for Huntington in the circle by giving up six hits, two runs and a walk while striking out three in four innings of work.

The Foresters (1-1) are back in action on Saturday to square-off against the Tigers (4-2) in another doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 12:00 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.