WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Behind dazzling performances on the mound, the Forester baseball team picked up a pair of wins, 4-0, 2-1, Saturday afternoon against Grace College at Miller Field.
Senior hurler Derek McKinney (4-5) put the kibosh on the Lancers’ offense in the opener, limiting the hosts to just three hits to notch HU’s second shutout of the year. He gave up three walks along the way while striking out seven of the 23 batters he faced.
His teammates gave him more than enough support offensively by piecing together eight hits for four runs. Michael Crowley started things off with a solo shot to left on a full count in the top of the second. Shea Beauchamp pounded out three hits, driving in a run in the third with a single to left.
Avery Sneed accounted for Huntington’s last two RBI with run-scoring singles in the third and fifth to wrap up the contest’s scoring.
Despite being outhit 12-5 in the nightcap, the Foresters relied on solid pitching and timely hitting to hang on for their second win of the day.
Pitching was again the name of the game for HU. John Ripke started in the circle where he gave up six hits and one run through the first 3.1 innings before being relieved by Andy Roser. Roser tossed the next 2.1 innings, giving up four hits to earn the win before Marc Bowers closed out the contest to pick up the save.
Offensively, Huntington managed only five hits to the Lancers’ 12 but still managed to find a way to outscore a Grace team that left 12 runners stranded. Dalton Combs was the only Forester to finish with multiple hits, a pair of doubles, but it was Dylan Henricks and Sneed who drove in runs.
Henricks’ RBI came by way of a single in the top of second and Sneed’s on a fielder’s choice in the next frame after Beauchamp and TJ Lindstrand had doubled and singled respectively to open the frame.
With these wins, HU improves to 25-21 overall, 19-13 in league play. The Foresters, who have won 12 of their last 15 contests, wrap up the regular season by hosting the Lancers on Tuesday.