Huntington, Ind. - Taking a break from league play, the Forester baseball team picked up two wins, 7-0 and 8-4, against Concordia University on Tuesday afternoon.
In his first start of the season, sophomore Tyler Palmer pitched a gem, leading the Foresters to a 7-0 win. In six innings of work he held the Cardinals scoreless giving up two hits and two walks while striking out six. Ty Mills worked a scoreless final inning.
Scoring for the Foresters started in the first inning with an RBI-single by Blake Ayers. The Foresters manufactured three more runs in the top of the fifth via a Card error, a single, back-to-back RBI-doubles by Eric Schultz and Justin Branock and an RBI-single by Jamon Hamel to put the visitors on top by a 4-0 margin.
The Foresters struck again in the sixth with plenty of help from Concordia. After Ayers’ second RBI-base hit of the game, the Foresters took advantage of a hit batter, a walk and two balks to push two more runs across the plate to seal the win.
Ayers led HU at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Schultz and Josh Lanphier each had two hits. Schultz also added an RBI.
Xyan Adkisson earned the win in the nightcap after relieving starter Cody Walters in the fourth inning. Adkisson allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out two in two innings of work.
Dustin Rutledge drove in HU’s first run with a single to left field in the second inning but the Cardinals pieced together a three-run rally in their half of the frame to jump on top 3-1. The Foresters answered with two runs in next inning when Adam Christner doubled down the right field line to score Branock who had been hit by a pitch and Hammel who walked earlier in the inning.
More damage was done in the top of the fourth when Ayers, Hammel and Drew Adams drove in runs to fuel a four-run scoring frenzy. HU added an insurance run in the sixth to lock up the 8-4 win and wrap-up the sweep.
Adams, Schultz and Hammel collected two hits apiece with Adams driving in three runs.
The Foresters move to 13-18 on the season. They are back in action on Thursday when they host Bethel College for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.