MARION, Ind. - The Forester baseball team made the trip to Marion Tuesday afternoon and split with MCC rival Indiana Wesleyan University to move to 11-17 overall, 6-8 in conference play.
HU won game one by a final score of 4-0 behind Ethan Tribolet’s complete game four-hitter. The senior picked up his second win of the season by issuing one walk while striking out five for the shutout.
The Foresters tallied seven hits in the opener behind a pair of hits from Jordan Klopfenstein and Drew Adams.
HU’s first run came in the second on a Jamon Hammel RBI-grounder. The Foresters manufactured two more runs in the third. Klopfenstein opened the inning with a double to left-center, advanced to third on Adam Christner’s base hit bunt and came around to touch home on a wild throw. Christner followed suit by stealing third and taking advantage of IWU’s second errant throw of the inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
Huntington added an insurance run in the sixth thanks to some more help from the Wildcat defense. After singling up the middle, Eric Schultz eventually scampered home on a bobbled ball to lock up the win.
The Wildcats turned things around in the nightcap to hand the Foresters a 9-4 loss.
HU jumped out to an early lead on Josh Lanphier’s RBI-bunt in the top of the first but the Wildcats quickly countered in their half of the frame to knot things up at 1-1.
IWU exploded for six runs in their next at-bats to blow the game wide open. Wesleyan accounted for more than half their game’s hits at the expense of HU starting pitcher John Ripke who was tagged with the loss. In 1.1 innings on the mound, Ripke surrendered six hits and five runs.
Fueled by the bats of Christner, the Foresters scored a run in the third and added two more in the fifth to close in on the Wildcats. Christner opened up the third with a double to deep left-center and then came around to score on Brandon Van Matre’s RBI base poke. Christner ignited HU’s fifth inning rally with a lead-off triple. Not to be outdone, Schultz unleashed a triple of his own to drive in his teammate and Van Matre capped off play with his second run scoring single of the game to trim the lead to 7-4.
IWU wasn’t quite done flexing its muscles as Craig Dollens cranked one out of the park to plate two more runs in the sixth to put an exclamation point on the win.
Christner finished 2-for-3 and scored a run to pace the Foresters offensively. He has registered a double in five of the Foresters’ last six games. Van Matre also tallied a pair of hits and drove in two runs.
The Foresters wrap up their season series with Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday at Forest Glen Park with a doubleheader slated to begin at 4:00 p.m.