In their opening game of the NAIA Region VIII Tournament, the Foresters (31-12) made the most of their opportunity to play in the friendly confines of Forest Glen Park with four long balls that led to a convincing 12-3 win over Indiana Institute of Technology.
Edwin Rodriguez got the parade started with a solo shot in the second and added another in the third, giving HU a 4-2 lead it would not relinquish. With two runs already across in the sixth, Thad Frame blew the game open with a three-run dinger over the left field fence to make it 9-3. Andrew Drummond joined in on the fun with another solo round-tripper in the seventh. A run in both the eighth and ninth innings were the finishing touches on a soggy victory to put HU in the winner's bracket.
The Foresters touched Indiana Tech pitchers for 17 hits in the contest. HU's Frame took game-high honors with four hits and five RBI. Teammates Austan Kas, Adam Farris and Rodriguez each chipped in three hits.
On the mound for the Foresters, Drew Taylor dominated the Indiana Tech hitters from start to finish. He allowed three runs, of which only one was earned, and he struck out eight batters in nine innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Game two of the tournament, which pitted Madonna University against Spring Arbor University was postponed to Thursday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. Indiana Tech will face the losers of game two Thursday 4:00 p.m. The Foresters will take on the winner of game two on Friday at a time yet to be determined.