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Shinabery tosses shutout in opener, HU edges past IWU in nightcap

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MARION, Ind. – The #RV Forester baseball team claimed a pair of wins, 9-0, 2-1, over the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University Tuesday night at Wildcat Field. Huntington has won ten of their last 12 games to post a 12-7 record overall, 5-2 record in league play.

Freshman Mason Shinabery effectively shut down IWU in the opener by scattering just five hits while striking out seven for his first collegiate shutout, HU’s second of the season.

Huntington’s offense was equally impressive, hammering out ten hits for nine runs. The Foresters have enjoyed plenty of success at the plate as of late, averaging nearly 12 runs per outing over their last four games.  

Shea Beauchamp and Dalton Combs added to their homerun count, each logging a two-run blast, for their 6th and 4th long ball of the season respectively.

Beauchamp posted his dinger in the third for a 3-0 advantage with HU’s first score coming on a wild pitch in the second while Combs’ four-bagger came on the heels of Jamar Weaver’s two-run double in the top of the fourth.

The Foresters added two more runs in their next at-bat. Beauchamp opened up the frame with a single after which two walks loaded the bases. Will Coursen-Carr drew a third base on ball to plate the game’s eighth run and then Dylan Henricks hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in the last run as the final two innings proved quiet for both teams.

Combs finished 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs while scoring twice. Beauchamp and Weaver each added two hits and two RBI. Coursen-Carr also picked up a pair of base pokes and an RBI.

Pitching was again on point for the visitors in the nightcap. After starting pitcher Connor West gave up seven hits for one run through the first five frames, Tarrin Beachy pitched four innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in the circle. He gave up just one hit and three walks while striking out six of the 11 batters he faced for his first win of the season.  

IWU’s lone run of the series came in the third for a 1-0 lead that stuck until the fifth.

While offense didn’t come quite as easily for the Foresters compared to the opener as they managed just four hits, they still got the job done late in the game to earn their third straight win.

After leaving eight runners stranded through the first five frames, HU finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Andy Roser doubled down the left field line, Coursen-Carr registered an infield single and then Henricks logged his second sacrifice fly of the day to deadlock the score at 1-1.

Adam Roser scored what proved to be the winning run in the seventh on a wild pitch but the excitement didn’t end there as the Wildcats threatened in their half of the frame to keep things interesting.

With the tying run on third and the go ahead run on second with just one out, it had all the making of a heroic IWU comeback but Beachy made sure that didn’t come to fruition. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Beachy calmly struck out Hayden Castor and got Grant Thompson to line out to short to work his way out of frame and preserve his team’s lead.

It was smooth sailing after that as Beachy wrapped up the eighth with back-to-back strikeouts and worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win.

The Foresters return to Forest Glen tomorrow for a nine-inning game with Mount Vernon starting at 4:00 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.