Huntington, Ind. - After making their NAIA National Championship Opening Round debut last year, the Forester baseball team (22-24) was hoping to use their experience to snag the program’s first opening round win but came up short, dropping a 7-1 decision to the 4th-seeded Owls of William Woods University on Thursday at Auburn University at Montgomery.
Things started off well for HU when Justin Branock sent his second pitch over the right field fence in the second inning to give the Foresters the early 1-0 lead. Ethan Tribolet held William Woods at bay through the first five innings surrendering only one hit but the Owls came to life in the sixth scattering three hits and taking advantage of two Foresters errors to jump ahead 3-1. They tacked on four more runs in the eight to secure the win and send the Foresters into the loser’s bracket.
Tribolet took the loss for HU giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk in seven plus innings of work. Offensively, Branock finished with two hits, driving in and scoring the team’s lone run with his solo shot. HU’s four other hits came from Adam Christner, Blake Ayers, Drew Adams and Jamon Hammel.
Huntington is back in action this morning to face No. 3 Union University at 11:00 a.m. (CST).