LAKELAND, Fla. - The HU baseball team wrapped up their week in Florida on a high note with an 8-5 win over Ohio Dominican University on Saturday at Southeastern University.
The Panthers did all their damage in their first at-bats. They hammered out five hits and took advantage of a Forester error to take a convincing 5-0 lead at the expense of Ethan Tribolet. But Tribolet locked down on the mound to surrender only two more hits over the next 5.2 innings to log the win. Anthony Roth pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Brian Kirschbaum took over the reins to record the last four outs and the save.
The Foresters enjoyed a four-run inning in the top of the third to pull within 5-4. After Adam Christner drew a walk and Jordan Klopfenstein bunted for a base hit, Eric Schultz pounded one to right for an RBI-double. Later in the inning, Blake Ayers bunted in Klopfenstein, Drew Adams knocked in Schultz and Josh Lanphier drew a base on balls with the bases loaded to walk in HU’s final run of the inning.
Ayers drove in his second run of the day in the top of the fourth to knot things up at 5-5 and then the Foresters plated the go ahead run in the following inning on a sacrifice fly by Christner. Several batters later Schultz gave HU a three-run cushion by doubling to center to bring in two of his teammates.
Schultz finished with three hits, three RBI and scored two runs to dominate the plate. Klopfenstein and Ayers banged out two hits. Ayers was credited with two RBI.
The Foresters (5-9) open up conference play on Thursday by hosting Marian University at 4:30 p.m.