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No. 24 HU breezes past Taylor 13-2

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UPLAND, Ind. – With just half a game separating these two teams in a battle for the top spot in the Crossroads League standings, the #24 HU baseball team ran away with a 13-2 win over Taylor University Friday night at Winterholter Field. With this statement win, Huntington (25-8) is now 1.5 games ahead of the Trojans with an 18-3 league record while TU (29-16) drops to 17-5 in conference action.

The loss is also Taylor’s largest margin of defeat at home since their 11-0 loss to Ball State University back in March of 2013.

It was a lopsided affair from start to finish as the Foresters scored three runs before the Trojans posted their first run in the bottom of the third. The hosts would score again in the fourth but not before HU had tacked on another three runs in their half of the frame for a 6-2 gap that only continued to widen until the game was called in the seventh because of the ten-run rule.

Shea Beauchamp was a one-man wrecking crew at the plate. In addition to logging homeruns No. 10 and No. 11, both solo shots, the senior slugger also singled in two runs to finish with three hits and four RBI. Andy Roser also collected four RBI which included a three-run triple in HU’s six-run sixth inning.

TJ Lindstrand and Dalton Combs each posted an RBI-double while Dylan Henricks registered a sacrifice fly and Will Coursen-Carr walked in a run to account for HU’s other two runs. As a team, Coach Frame’s crew finished with ten hits to Taylor’s four.

While the Foresters relied on timely hitting to score in double digits for the ninth time this year, they also had plenty of help from a TU defense that committed three errors to the tune of eight unearned runs.

Tanner Wyse pitched a gem to earn the complete-game win on the mound. He went the distance to give up four hits for two runs and two walks while striking out six.

HU heads back to Winterholter Field tomorrow for a doubleheader with the Trojans 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.