SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - The Cougars of Spring Arbor University (23-14, 19-5) scored seven of their eight runs of the day in the first three innings of both contests to post a pair of wins, 5-3, 3-0, over the Forester baseball team (11-21, 11-11) Friday afternoon at Burbridge Field.
While SAU maintained only a slight 11-10 hitting advantage over their visitors in game one, the Cougars were able to string together several early rallies to jump out to a 3-0 after the second frame.
The Foresters charged back in the top of the third. Following a Brock Gower bunt and Marc Bowers single, Adam Christner and Jordan Klopfenstein each earned an RBI to trim the lead to one at 3-2; Christner by way of a double to deep right-center and Jordan Klopfenstein on a groundout.
It was as close as HU would get as the Cougars outscored Huntington 2-1 the rest of the way to quietly cruise to the win.
Xyan Adkisson took the loss for HU. He tossed 5.1 innings and gave up ten hits, four runs and three walks while striking out four.
Jamon Hammel, Bowers and Bryce Anderson each finished with two hits. Hammel and Bowers also scored a run while Anderson logged his 11th RBI of the season.
In the nightcap, Spring Arbor tallied four of its five hits and scored all three of its runs in their first two at bats to build a 3-0 lead that stuck and make for an uneventful ending.
Huntington managed only four hits as only two Foresters made it past second base against the league’s second place team. Gower was a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate while Hammel and Josh Lanphier accounted for HU’s other two hits.
Taking the loss was John Ripke who went the distance and gave up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one.
The Foresters return to Forest Glen Park tomorrow to complete the four-game series with Spring Arbor. Opening pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.