Foresters win two of final three in Florida

 The Foresters won two of their final three games on their spring break trip in Florida. They blew out Grand View 11-1 and Rio Grande 10-1 then fell 11-7 to Ohio Dominican in their final game.

Against Grand View, HU out-hit the Vikings 15-6 in the contest. Grand View put one on the board first in the top of the second, but would be held scoreless the remainder of the game. The Foresters got all they would need with three in the fourth. They added another in the fifth, five in the seventh and two in the eighth to earn the 11-1 victory.

Drew Taylor went the distance in the the win for HU. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Eric Schultz and Eric Harpring both had three hits in the game and Travis Frantz led the Foresters with three RBI.

In Friday's 10-1 win over Rio Grande, HU had one less hit than the Red Storm, but was more efficient in producing runs. Rio Grande took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Foresters responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third.

In the top of the sixth, HU exploded for eight runs to take command of the game. Andrew Drummond delivered the knockout punch with a grand slam over the centerfield fence which gave the Foresters a 10-1 lead. HU's defense maintained the margin down the stretch.

Mitch Bowers recorded the win for the Foresters. He threw the first seven innings and allowed one run on 11 hits and a walk while striking out four. Justin Branock paced HU at the plate with a 4-5 performance and Drummond finished with a team-high five RBI.

The Foresters' final game of the week was a seesaw affair with Ohio Dominican. HU led 4-1 after three and a half innings, but the Panthers scored four times in the bottom of the fourth and once more in the fifth to jump in front 6-4. The Foresters came back with three in the top of the sixth to reclaim a 7-6 advantage, but they couldn't make it stick. Ohio Dominican rallied with five more runs in the bottom of the sixth for an 11-7 lead and denied HU a rally attempt in the seventh.

Anthony Roth, who came on in relief of starter Eric Randel in the sixth, took the loss for the Foresters. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks. Edwin Rodriguez led HU at the plate with two hits, including a double and a homerun, and five RBI.

The Foresters return home to begin conference play with a 7-8 record on the season.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
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