Foresters 4-4 on trip south

 For the tenth time, the Foresters headed south to Daytona Beach for their spring break trip to take on what is customarily some of the season's toughest competition. HU finished the week at .500 with a 4-4 record.

The Foresters opened up play with a 3-0 win over Savannah College of Art & Design. Drew Taylor moved to 3-0 on the season going the distance in the win. He gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Thad Frame led HU at the plate with three hits in the game including a double. Box Score

Later in the day, the Foresters ran into some tough pitching and fell 3-1 to Grand View College. HU got on the board first with a two-out RBI single from Andy Janzen in the top of the seventh, but the lead was short-lived as the Vikings answered back with three in their half of the inning to put the game out of reach. Eric Randel (0-3) went six and two-thirds innings in the loss. He gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Box Score

The next day, the Foresters got their revenge outlasting Grand View 14-13. The Vikings tallied 17 hits in the game to 16 for HU, but it was Grand View's eight errors that gave the Foresters the advantage they needed to pull off the victory. Keith Benbow came on in relief and got the final Viking out in the top of the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Michael Dalton (1-2) earned the win in relief. HU's Korey Grow tied a NAIA record with five doubles in the game. He joined Andrew Drummond and Frame with two RBI in the game. Box Score

Against NAIA 22nd-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Foresters scored a pair in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead, but the Eagles took command of the game by plating 10 runs in the bottom of the inning. ERAU added one more in the sixth and held HU in the seventh to bring the game to an early conclusion at 12-2. Levi Sell took the loss for the Foresters. In four and a third innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks. Drummond and Alex Rinearson each had two hits for HU. Box Score

The Foresters got back in the win column with a 13-1 rout of Virginia Intermont College. They used two big innings to put the game away with five in the second and seven in the fifth. HU got another outstanding pitching performance from Taylor who moved to 4-0 on the season. He gave up one run on four hits and he struck out six. Frame also played a big role in the win as he drove in five runs with a 3 for 5 performance at the plate that included a double. Box Score

The Foresters next met Mount Vernon Nazarene University and fell 14-9. Down 7-3 in the fifth, HU came up with a big six-run inning to take a 9-7 lead, but they couldn't hold it. The Cougars made it 9-8 in the sixth and then took the lead for good with five in the seventh. Zach Crooks led the Foresters with three hits and Sell had four RBI. Eric Randel (0-4) was the pitcher of record in the loss. He throw six and two-thirds innings and gave up 10 runs on 14 hits and a walk while striking out one. Box Score

In their final two games of the week, the Foresters split a pair of games with Capital University. HU was out-hit 17-3 in the first game and fell 13-1, but came back the next day with an 11-6 victory over the Crusaders. In the first contest, the Foresters couldn't find any offense, while Capital plated runs in sixth of the seven innings. Michael Dalton (1-3) went five innings in the loss. He gave up six runs on nine hits and five base on balls.

In the re-match, the Crusaders picked up where they left off, scoring in each of the first four innings to take a 5-2 lead. The Foresters battled back with four in the top of the fifth to push ahead 6-5. Capital knotted it at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, but HU came back with five in the top of the seventh to seal the win. Rinearson had three hits including a double and a triple and three RBI to lead the Foresters at the plate. Frame added three hits and two RBI. Benbow notched his first win going two innings in relief. Box Scores

After going 4-4 for the trip, the Foresters are now 6-9 on the season.


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