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In an offensive-dominated series, the Foresters split with SAU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – There was no shortage of offense at Forest Glen Friday night in the #RV Foresters’ matchup against Spring Arbor University. Game one favored HU 10-6 with the nine-inning nightcap going the Cougars’ way 10-9.  

The Foresters came out with guns blazing in the opener to blow the game wide open by the third. After playing a little small ball in the first to plate four runs, Shea Beauchamp and Mike Crowley each knocked one out of the park, both two-run shots, in the second to double the lead to 8-0.

Will Coursen-Carr tacked on another run with his first dinger of the year in the bottom of the third  to cap off HU’s homerun derby. He was the third Forester in five batters to smack one of the park.   

The Cougars’ bats were quiet through the first four frames as they managed just three hits, but finally in the fifth, the visitors strung together three hits to plate two runs. They picked up where they left off in the sixth to log three more hits, including the game’s fourth four-bagger, to touch home four more times and close to gap to three at 9-6.

While Spring Arbor’s offense came to life, it wouldn’t be enough as Tyler Zimske wrapped up the scoring with a sacrifice fly in HU’s half of the sixth to make for the 10-6 final.

HU finished with ten hits to SAU’s nine. Coursen-Carr led the charge with his two-run blast in the third and an RBI-single in his previous at bat. Beauchamp posted some impressive numbers as well. In addition to his two-run dinger, he also scored twice and drew two walks while Adam Roser added two hits and scored once.

Tanner Wyse tossed the first five frames to collect the win in the circle. He held SAU scoreless in their first four at bats before giving up a pair of runs in the fifth. When all was said and done, he surrendered six hits and two runs while striking out three.

Game two also featured four homeruns but this time around it was Spring Arbor who proved to be the heavy hitters. Coming into Friday’s doubleheader, the Cougars had registered three long balls on the season and in just one inning, they matched that total.

Trailing 9-6 heading into the eighth, SAU hit back to back to back homers to claim a 10-9 lead that they would hang on to for the come-from-behind-win.

The first five innings was a see saw affair that featured three lead changes and a tie. With things knotted up at 5-5 heading into the sixth, Huntington built the game’s largest lead of the night by plating three runs for an 8-5 advantage. Both teams scored in the seventh for the same three-run difference before the Cougars’ heroics in the eighth.

Offense came easily for both teams as together they combined for 23 hits. The Foresters finished with 11 of those hits, five for extra bases including a three-run blast by Beauchamp in the first for his second quadruple of the series. He along with Combs, Dylan Henricks and Jamar Weaver posted multiple hits.

The Foresters drove in seven runs with Beauchamp claiming three RBI and Combs and Weaver logging two apiece.    

Five different Foresters spent time on the mound with Caleb Landrum getting charged with the loss. He relieved Blake Gray in the eighth, giving up four hits, a run and a walk in 1.1 innings of work.

Huntington (9-7, 2-2) will face Spring Arbor (9-14, 2-2) again tomorrow for the rubber match with opening pitch 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 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.