FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Forester baseball wrapped up its season series with the University of Saint Francis by splitting with the Cougars on Saturday in Fort Wayne. HU finished 3-1 against their MCC neighbor to the northeast and moves to 10-16 overall, 5-7 in conference play.
Mitch Bowers led the Foresters to a 5-1 win in game one before the Cougars returned the favor by handing HU a 3-0 loss in the nightcap.
Bowers shut down the Cougars’ offense by giving up only four hits, one unearned run and one walk while striking out two in the complete-game victory. With this win, he moves to 3-3 on the season.
Despite committing three errors in the opener, the Foresters overcame their defensive woes at the plate by collecting 12 hits, half of which came from Adam Christner and Drew Adams who each finished with three hits and an RBI. Eric Schultz and Marc Bowers added two hits apiece.
After a scoreless three innings, the Foresters logged the game’s first run on Adams’ run-scoring single through the left side in the top of the fourth. HU went on to plate two more runs in each of the next two innings to pad their lead 5-0.
After back-to-back singles by Christner and Schultz, Jamon Hammel bunted in Christner. Josh Lanphier worked a walk to put runners on the corners and in a well-executed double steal, Schultz slid home to make for an eventful fifth inning.
The Foresters final two runs came by way of a Jordan Klopfenstein RBI-single followed by Christner’s run scoring double down the right field line in the top of the sixth. The Cougars only run of the contest came in the bottom of the seventh but it was too little too late.
Cougar pitcher Wesley Hunsucker had the Foresters’ number in the nightcap as he scattered five hits and struck out four in the 3-0 complete-game shutout.
HU’s offense was nonexistent as Adams was the lone Forester to register multiple hits with two. Three other players added a hit in the losing effort.
USF took an early 1-0 lead after an inning of play and then added a pair of insurance runs in the last two innings on the way to their ninth MCC win of the season.
Tyler Palmer (1-4) took the loss for HU. In 5.1 innings of work he gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out three.
The Foresters hit the road again on Tuesday to face Indiana Wesleyan University at 4:00 p.m.