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Foresters ready for Crossroads League opener

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University baseball team is set to kick off their first stretch of Crossroads League action, as they head down to Upland, Indiana, for a matchup this afternoon with No. 22 Taylor.

The Foresters currently hold a 4–5 record this season, with all nine games coming on the road. Huntington was slated to host then-No. 22 Indiana Tech on Tuesday, but the game was canceled.

The Foresters’ last action came on Saturday, as Huntington lost a pair of games against No. 19 University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

In game one, the Foresters got out to a 4–1 lead after four innings. The Patriots cut into the Huntington lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Foresters tacked on another run in the top of the sixth to restore a three-run lead at 5–2.

That would be the end of Huntington’s luck, as the Patriots scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, two in the bottom of the seventh—tying the score at 5–5—and then stealing the victory with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come away with an 8–5 win.

Sophomore third baseman Daniel Lichty led Huntington with a pair of RBIs while senior designated hitter Adam Roser blasted a solo home run and senior center fielder Donovan Clark added one RBI to round out the Forester offense.

In the second game, the Patriots blew the doors off in the first inning, storming out to a quick 6–0 lead.

The Foresters answered with three runs of their own in the second inning to cut the deficit in half at 6–3, but both offenses went silent through the next four innings, giving Huntington one last chance to get back in the game.

The Foresters managed one run in the seventh inning, but the comeback bid proved to be too little, too late, as the Patriots escaped with a 6–4 victory.

Donovan and Roser each drove in one run each in game two, while senior left fielder Andrew Natividad recorded Huntington’s other RBI. The Foresters’ other run came via a Patriot error.

The Trojans enter today’s contest with a 16–4 record, including winning six of their last seven.

Taylor hosted Indiana Tech on Saturday and came away with an 8–7 victory.

In Huntington and Taylor’s all-time series, the Foresters hold a narrow 21–19 edge. The teams last squared off in the Crossroads League Tournament last year, with Huntington coming away with a 2–1 win.

First pitch for today’s duel is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Taylor’s Winterholter Field.

The teams are also slated to play a doubleheader on Saturday, with first pitch for game one also scheduled for 1 p.m. at Winterholter Field.