Huntington, Ind. - After rain pushed back the start time to Saturday evening, the Forester baseball team split with Indiana Wesleyan University at Wildcat Field.
In game one, Mitch Bowers went the distance on the mound to pick up the 6-1 win and notch his fifth win of the year. He scattered eight hits allowing one run while striking out three.
The Wildcats only run of the game came in the first inning but the Foresters responded with a four-run second inning to quickly take a lasting lead. With bases loaded, Jordan Klopfenstein doubled to deep left-center to knot the score at 1-1. A wild throw on that same play allowed Bowers, who had reached base on an error earlier in the inning, to scamper home. Adam Christner followed up with an RBI-single and a wild pitch resulted in HU's fourth and final run of the inning. The Foresters added insurance runs in the fourth and sixth to seal the 6-1 win.
Huntington's offense was lead by Christner who finished with two hits and two RBI while Blake Ayers, Justin Branock and Josh Lanphier each picked up a pair of hits.
Despite a sloppy nightcap that featured ten errors between the two teams, it was the Wildcats who came out on top with a 7-2 win to even up the series.
The error-fest began in the second inning after Branock singled to left. He advanced to third on back-to-back Wildcat errors and eventually came around to score on Bowers' sacrifice fly to deep center to give HU the 1-0 advantage. The Foresters returned the favor in the bottom of the frame allowing the Wildcats to score on a wild throw. Wesleyan pushed their lead to three on Derek Freds' three-run dinger in the third and added two more in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-1. Both teams traded runs in the sixth to close out the scoring as the Wildcats' claimed the 7-2 win.
John Ripke took the loss for HU. In four innings of work he gave up six runs, three earned, on eight hits. HU's only hits of the night came from Christner, Jamon Hamel and Branock.
The Foresters move to 11-18 on the season, 8-6 in MCC action. They return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Concordia University for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.