With the season winding down, the Forester baseball
team (23-20, 12-10) added two more MCC wins to their record by defeating the University of Saint Francis 7-5 and 8-1.
After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Foresters quickly got it back in the bottom of the frame with Andrew Drummond's RBI-single and then added one more to take a 2-1 advantage. The second inning was even more productive for the Foresters as Adam Christner, Eric Schultz and Drummond each knocked in runs to extend HU's lead to 5-1. Swinging a hot bat as of late, Christner tacked on two more runs in the fourth with a shot over the center field fence to make it 7-1. The Cougars made the most of their opportunities in the fifth as they converted two hits, two Forester errors, a balk, three walks and a passed ball into four runs to close within two but HU made the necessary plays to squelch the rally and deny the Cougars a heroic finish.
Mitch Bowers picked up the win for the Foresters. In 4 1/3 innings of work he gave up five runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Schultz and Christner finished with three hits apiece. Christner came up a single shy of hitting for the cycle.
Ryan Shell got HU off on the right foot in the nightcap with a double to right. Drummond followed with his 70th hit of the season that not only knocked in Shell but put his name in the record books for most hits in a single season. The previous record of 69 hits was held by Terry Zorger (1972) and Andy Nucci (2000).
The Cougars tied things up in the top of the third but the Foresters answered with a run in their at-bats to put them back up by one. After the Foresters scored their third and fourth runs of the game in the bottom of fourth, the Cougars sealed their own fate. After back-to-back singles by Schultz and Shell, Saint Francis intentionally walked Drummond to load the bases. Eric Harpring made them pay with a grand slam to center on a 1-1 count to give Huntington the convincing 8-1 lead that held the final three innings of play.
Ethan Tribolet went the distance for HU to pick up the win giving up only one run on four hits. Harpring paced HU at the plate with two hits and four RBI. Shell and Christner also finished with two hits each.