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HU splits with Taylor, locks in 4th seed for tourney

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team locked in the No. 4 seed in the league tourney by splitting with regular season champs Taylor University (37-16, 19-7) Tuesday night at Forest Glen. The Foresters (19-26) needed one win to pull even with the Bethel College Pilots at 14-10 in league play.

The tiebreaker came down to whichever team had the higher win percentage against 2nd-seeded Mount Vernon. HU went 3-1 against the Cougars while the Pilots’ doubleheader with MVNU got cancelled therefore giving Huntington the advantage.

HU’s win, a 4-1 decision, came in the nightcap. Tarrin Beachy pitched a gem for the Foresters. He scattered six hits, one run and a walk while striking out nine for the complete-game win. It marked his third win of the season. Taylor’s only run came in the sixth but it was really Beachy’s work in the fifth that proved most pivotal. With bases loaded and two outs, the Westview High School product struck out Lincoln Reed swinging to work his way out of the pinch. 

Shea Beauchamp provided some early offense when he delivered a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to give his team a 2-0 advantage. It was quiet for both teams over the next two frames until the Trojan excitement in the top of the fifth. As it turned out, Beachy’s heroics seemed to fuel his teammates as they add a pair of insurance runs in their half of the inning to seal the deal.

After Jacob Hansen reached base on a walk and advanced to second on Mike Crowley’s sacrifice bunt, Brock Gower came up with a monster hit, an RBI-double that sailed over the head of Taylor’s centerfielder, to give his team a 3-0 lead. Three batters later, Beauchamp tallied his third RBI of the game on a fielder’s choice to up the lead to four before the Trojans finally got one back in the sixth.

Beauchamp finished with two hits and three RBI to pace Huntington offensively.

Taylor got the best of the Foresters in the opener for the 4-3 win. The Trojans picked up a run in the third and fourth and added two more to their total in the fifth for a 4-0 lead before Huntington’s valiant comeback effort late in the game came up just short.

With bases loaded in the bottom of sixth, Jamar Weaver was the first to touch home on a wild pitch but it was pinch hitter Drew McLochin who highlighted the frame when he pounded a shot into left-center to drive in a pair of runs to pull HU within one. Unfortunately the rally stopped there as TU was able to work the final out and then work a 1-2-3 seventh to hang on for the win.

Gower took the loss for HU. He spent the first 4.1 innings on the hill during which he gave up five hits, four runs and two walks while striking out one.

The split wraps up regular season play. The Foresters will host 5th-seeded Bethel on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in first round action of the conference tournament.

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.