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Foresters drop weekend twin bill

Article provided by Huntington University


The HU baseball team didn’t fare so well on day two of the Clayton Pfeiffer Memorial Classic as they dropped a pair of games to wrap up the weekend 1-3. Against host Missouri Baptist, Huntington suffered a 7-1 loss after which the Foresters were on the wrong end of an 8-6 decision with the College of the Ozarks.

Against the Spartans, Huntington’s only offense came in the fourth on a Donovan Clark sacrifice fly that drove in Jake Hansen who had picked up his second hit of the day just a few batters earlier.

It was a pivotal fourth as MBU plated four runs in their half of the frame. Not only did it extend their lead to six at 7-1, it also proved the last time either team would score as the final three innings featured just one hit by each squad for a rather uneventful finish.

Prior to the fourth, the hosts scored once in the first and twice in the third for a 3-0 lead before they blew it open in the fourth.

It wasn’t the cleanest of games. Between the two teams, they committed six errors but it was HU’s two blunders that came at a cost - two unearned runs.

In addition to Hansen posting two hits, Nick Davit also finished with a pair as the duo accounted for all but two of their team’s six hits.

DJ Moore was charged with the loss. He went the distance to give up six hits, seven runs and three walks while striking out five.

After a short break, the Foresters took to the field again to face the College of the Ozarks hoping for a second W against the Bobcats in less than 24 hours but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.

The first three frames didn’t produce any runs for either team but the sticks heated up in the fourth. HU struck for four runs in their at bat. Lichty singled into right field to drive in his team’s first run. Davit followed suit with a base knock to the same area on either side of sacrifice flies by Perez and Hansen for the 4-0 lead.

The Cats closed the gap to just one in their half of the inning. Coach Frame’s crew stayed the course to add what they hoped were two insurance runs. Jamar Weaver’s run-scoring shot up the middle in the fifth upped the lead to 5-3 after which back-to-back doubles by Adam Roser and Clark in the sixth stretched the advantage to three at 6-3.

But as it was, Ozarks pieced together five hits on the way to finding home just as many times in the bottom of the sixth to turn the tables and establish their first lead that proved permanent.

The Foresters sent three pitchers to the hill with Tarrin Beachy stepping in on relief in the sixth where he gave up three hits and two runs to be tagged with the loss.

Offensively, HU outhit their opponent 12-11. Clark and Lichty each went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in a run. Weaver and Roser collected two hits apiece.

Huntington home opener against IU Kokomo today has been canceled due to impending weather.


It was a friendly neighborhood rivalry Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field where Manchester University downed the HU softball team twice, 5-6, 11-10, in a non-conference doubleheader.

Game one came down to the last frame. Down to their last three outs, the Foresters stepped up to the plate trailing 5-3 but it didn’t take long for the visitors to make up that difference. After Paige Eichelberger led off with a double to right, Abby Keaffaber launched one over the left field fence to knot things up at 5s. It was the New Castle native’s second career dinger.

Spartan pitcher Madisyn Walter worked three straight outs after that to send the game to the bottom of the seventh where, with bases loaded, Alexis Mokos posted a walk-off single for the win much to the chagrin of Gower and crew.

Leading up to the seven-inning finale, HU scattered runs in the first, second and fifth frames. Huntington’s first run came by way of Eichelberger’s RBI-ground out after which Casey Lehman doubled in a run in the second and Joelle Beals drove in Eichelberger with a single to third three frames later.

Keaffaber claimed two of HU’s nine hits to go along with two RBI. Lehman and Eichelberger each picked up a pair of hits and an RBI while Kennedy Krull also registered two base pokes on the day.

The Foresters’ defense got them into some of trouble as they committed three errors which led to two unearned runs in a game that saw the Spartans score in five of their seven at bats. The W is Manchester’s first of 2018.

Mallory West took the loss for HU. She tossed the first four innings and then took to the circle again in the seventh giving up nine hits, five runs and two walks while striking out three.

There was no shortage of offense in the nightcap and just like the opener, it came down to the wire. This time is was Mallorie Jennings’ sacrifice fly that brought an abrupt ending to the game. The Spartans scored four runs in the final two frames to turn their three-run deficit of 11-8 after five into their second victory of the day.

Manchester put points on the board in every inning but the fifth. They hammered out 18 hits and took advantage of four HU errors to the tune of three unearned runs. The Spartans collected three long balls, two at the bat of Laurren Ladwig.

Gower’s crew tallied more than half their runs in the second. HU batted around and in the process, Lehman and Sophia Beachy each doubled in a pair of runs while Eichelberger also knocked in two runs with a singled up the middle for a six-run frame.

Beachy picked up her first of three RBI in the first on a groundout. Manchester was nearly as active through the first two innings by logging five runs and then pulled within one, 7-6, by the third.

The next three frames were a wash as each team touched home four times for an 11-10 ball game. Huntington’s offense came by way of Beals’ two-run double in the fifth while the final two runs were scored on back-to-back throwing errors in the sixth.

It was all Manchester after that as the Spartans’ tying run in the seventh came compliments of their third homer - this one by Sydney Thompson. Three batters later Jennings capped off the comeback with her game-winning sacrifice fly.

Beachy registered a pair of base knocks and logged three RBI. Beals and Eichelberger also finished with two hits to go along with two RBI. Ashley Brown and Karley Blankenship rounded out five Foresters who posted two hits in the nightcap.

West was tagged with her second loss on the day. She tossed four frames and gave up eight hits and six runs, three of which were earned.

HU (1-5) now turns its attention to league play. They open up at home against Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.