INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Knights of Marian University (4-9, 2-4) came back to edge past the Foresters 5-4 in the opener Wednesday afternoon at MU Ballpark before shutting out HU 2-0 in the nightcap.
It marks the Foresters’ first shutout of the season as Coach Frame and squad drop to 6-14 overall, 0-6 in league play.
HU got on the board first in the opening inning. Jared Green started things off with a double to left center, Shea Beauchamp got hit by pitch and then Andy Roser smashed an RBI double down the left field line to give HU a 1-0 lead that was quickly matched by the Knights in their half of the frame.
Both teams’ bats came alive again in the third. Green jumpstarted the rally with his second double of the contest and then came around to score on a run-scoring single by Beauchamp. Roser also followed suit with another double down the left field line which allowed Beauchamp to advance to third and eventually touch home on a throwing error. Avery Sneed capped things off by singling in Roser to put HU on top 4-1.
Marian answered in the bottom of the third by cranking out two hits and taking advantage of a handful of walks, a balk and hit batter to plate two runs and trim the lead to one at 3-2.
Huntington’s offense went south the rest of the day while the Knights found a way to gut out the win. After scoring an unearned run in the sixth to knot things up at 4-4, MU opened the seventh with back-to-back hits to land runners on second and third. The Forester intentionally walked Conner Beidelman to load the bases for a force out at any bag but Alex Arthur wasn’t fazed as he drove in the winning run with a single to left.
Marc Bowers came in on relief for John Ripke in the sixth and worked the final inning where he gave up three hits and the walk-off single to take the loss. Ripke pitched the first 5.2 innings and scattered six hits, four runs, three of which were earned, and three walks while striking out five.
The Foresters registered seven hits with Green and Roser each posting a pair hits for extra bases.
Knight pitcher Brett Schultheis effectively shut down HU’s offense in game two by limiting his visitors to two singles and preventing anyone from touching home.
Sneed and Michael Crowley were the only Foresters to pick up hits in the nightcap.
Blake Hohlbein was tagged with the loss. He gave up eight hits, two runs and a walk while striking out four in six innings on the mound.
The Foresters were originally scheduled to wrap up their series with Marian, back down in Indianapolis, today but that doubleheader has been postponed until tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.