The Foresters dropped their final three games at the Sport Plus Rehab Classic in Jackson, Tennessee. In game one on Friday, HC ran up against a solid performance by the Missouri Baptist University (7-3) pitching staff and fell 3-1. The Spartans held HC to just one run on five hits. Brian Porter was the only Forester with two hits in the game, which included a double. Tim Burris (0-1) went five innings in the loss giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three.
In Friday’s nightcap, the Foresters dropped a heart-breaking 11-10 decision to the Lions of Freed Hardeman University (7-2). HC had a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the ninth and looked to have the game won when an FHU batter lofted a routine fly ball to centerfield with two outs. However, HC’s centerfielder slipped and fell in the very soggy outfield grass allowing three runs to score and giving the Lions the come-from-behind victory. In their best offensive showing of the early season, the Foresters banged out 17 hits in the game. Burris, Ryan Finn, Thad Frame, Andy Janzen and Porter each had three hits apiece and Janzen added a team-high four RBI. Burris, Finn, Tim Krauss and Porter each had a double in the game and Adam Farris hit the first round-tripper of his career. Jason Stanley pitched 6 2/3 innings in the contest and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and six base-on-balls while striking out five. Cole Gutshall (0-1) came on in relief of Jeremy Rodibaugh in the ninth and was the pitcher of record in the loss. The Forester pitchers gave up a total of 12 free passes which eventually led to their demise.
In their final game of the Sport Plus Rehab Classic in Jackson, Tennessee, the Foresters fell 15-1 to the host Union University Bulldogs. Frame and Finn each had two hits in the game and Porter picked up an RBI in the fifth. With the three losses, HC is now 0-4 on the season.