INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team managed only nine hits on the day on their way to a pair of shutout losses to Marian University, 5-0, 2-0, Friday afternoon at MU Ballpark. With these wins, the Knights complete the four-game sweep over the Foresters (6-16, 0-8).
Marian wasted little time taking control in game one as they plated a run in the first and two more in the second to enjoy a 3-0 lead before adding on two more insurance runs, one in the fifth and another in the sixth, to make for the lopsided win.
HU threatened to get a few back in the third when they had runners on the corners but MU pitcher Tyler Sims worked his way out the inning to deny the Foresters from getting on the board.
Six different Foresters each logged a hit in the contest.
Starting pitcher Brock Gower took the loss for HU giving up seven hits, five runs and five walks while striking out two in 5.2 innings on the mound before giving way to Drew McLochlin who pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
The Foresters outhits their hosts 3-2 in the nightcap but the Knights made the most of their hits in the opening inning to take a 2-0 lead that was never really challenged.
Despite a solid outing in the circle, Derek McKinney was charged with the loss. After giving up both hits and both runs in the first frame, the senior southpaw held the Knights hitless the rest of way. He finished with four walks and two strikeout to drop to 0-4 on the season.
HU’s offense was nearly non-existent as Avery Sneed, Blake Ayers and TJ Landstrand were the only Foresters to pick up a base poke.
The Foresters will look to regroup by Monday when they travel to Saint Francis for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.