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HU outlasts Bethel in ten-inning nightcap 5-3

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – It was another outing of extremes for the HU baseball team as they suffered a 11-0 loss to the Bethel College Pilots (16-21, 12-8) in game one before bouncing back to outlast the Pilots 5-3 in the nightcap that took ten frames to decide the winner. With two doubleheaders to go, the Foresters (16-25, 11-9) have enjoyed one sweep and nine splits against their Crossroads League foes this season.  

Despite logging eight hits in game one, HU couldn’t translate any into runs as they were held scoreless for just the fourth time this season.

The Foresters left seven baserunners stranded in an outing where only Shea Beauchamp logged multiple hits. The junior first basemen finished with two base pokes.

The Pilots, on the other hand, were clicking on all cylinders offensively. The hosts scored seven runs in the first two frames to race out to a comfortable lead on the way to cruising to the double digit win as their 11 hits equated to 11 runs.

HU starting pitcher Connor West tossed the first 1.1 innings and gave up five hits, seven runs, six of which were earned, and two walks for the loss. Tarrin Beachy and Caleb Landrum teamed up to pitch the final 4.2 innings as together they gave up six hits, four runs and one walk while striking out three.

Coach Frame’s crew showed plenty of grit and resiliency in the nightcap. After skirting out to an early 3-0 lead after two, the Foresters didn’t buckle when the Pilots put three runs on the board in the fifth to deadlock things at 3-3. Instead, HU held their hosts scoreless over the next five innings until they finally cracked the Pilot pitching staff in the top of the tenth.

Jamar Weaver started things off for Huntington in the tenth with an infield single. Shea Beauchamp took advantage of the Pilots’ second error of the game, a wild throw, to make his way to first before Dalton Combs found a hole in center to load the bases. A quick pitching change proved disastrous for the Pilots as Dylan Henricks worked a base on balls, his eleventh of the season, to walk in what proved to be the game-winner before DJ Moore followed suit to tack on an insurance run.

Brock Gower earned the win on the hill. The senior hurler pitched the final six frames, including a 1-2-3 tenth, giving up just five hits, one run and a walk while striking out four for his seventh win of the year.

In addition to his RBI-walk, Henricks also singled in a run in the first to finish with a hit and two RBI. Weaver played a part in HU’s other two early runs by scoring on a wild throw earlier in frame and then knocking in a run in the second with a single to left. He finished with three hits, scored twice and tallied an RBI to pace Huntington at the plate.

The Foresters are at Grace College on Saturday for a doubleheader with the Lancers beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.