Huntington, Ind. - In the last regular season conference match-up of the year, the Forester baseball team (16-22, 11-9) swept the Goshen College Maple Leafs, 4-2 and 13-6, to clinch the fourth spot in the league.
In game one, Xyan Adkisson picked up his third win of the year giving up four hits, two runs and three walks in 4.2 innings of work while striking out seven. John Ripke pitched a hitless 2.1 innings of relief to pick up the save.
After HU gave up a run in the first inning, Jamon Hammel opened up the second with a triple and tagged up on Drew Adams’ sacrifice fly to knot the score at 1-1. The Foresters added two more in the following inning. Jordan Klopfenstein and Adam Christner worked the count to draw back-to-back walks and then both came around to score on a botched throw from Blake Ayers’ bunt for a base hit to push HU ahead 3-1. Goshen got one back in the fifth but the Foresters matched that in their half of the frame on another Adams’ RBI-sacrifice fly to give HU a little breathing room as they cruised to the 4-2 win.
Six different Foresters collected a hit to account for their total offense. Adams picked up both HU RBI.
The nightcap didn’t start off too well for the Foresters as they gave up four runs on one hit, two errors and a passed ball in the top of the first. But HU remained poised as they got one back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-sacrifice fly by Eric Schultz before erupting for four runs in the second. With two outs and one on, Dustin Rutledge poked one into left for an RBI-single and Klopfenstein knocked in two more with a hit up the middle and eventually came around to score on an Ayers’ single to give HU the go ahead at 5-4.
The Maple Leafs regained the lead in the fourth before the Foresters blew it open in the fifth thanks to several Goshen blunders and timely hitting. After Ayers drew a walk and Schultz was hit by a pitch, the Maple Leaf third baseman dropped a fly to load the bases and then RBI-singles by Marc Bowers, Rutledge and Klopfenstein gave HU a permanent lead at 9-6. Facing their fourth pitcher of the game, the Foresters added four insurance runs in the sixth highlighted by Klopfenstein’s third hit of the game that resulted in two more runs scored as HU cruised to the 13-6 win.
Cody Walters started for the Foresters and scattered two hits, three walks and six runs, two earned, over 3.1 innings of work. Ty Mills worked a scoreless 3.2 innings, giving up two hits while striking out five to claim the win on the mound. Klopfenstein went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs to lead HU offensively. Rutledge and Bowers each finished with two hits. Rutledge added four RBI while Bowers scored three runs and drove in another.