Wildcats avenge earlier losses

 After dominating the Wildcats just days earlier at home, the Forester baseball team came up empty when they traveled to Indiana Wesleyan. Huntington lost both games, 4-2 and 5-4.

It looked like HU was going to pick up where they left off on Thursday as they scored two runs in their first at-bats. Ryan Shell homered to left on a 1-2 count to start things off. After reaching base on a misplaced grounder, Andrew Drummond scored HU's second run on an RBI-single by Eric Harpring to put the Foresters up 2-0. But Wesleyan had different plans as they matched those runs in the third and then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth by plating two runs to go up 4-2. The Foresters struggled from the plate, managing only three hits in the final six innings as the Wildcats cruised to the 4-2 win.

Xyan Adkisson took the loss for HU giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Shell finished with two hits and an RBI.

In the nightcap, each team finished with eleven hits but the Wildcats were able to generate one more run from their at-bats to edge the Foresters 5-4. After two innings of play, Wesleyan enjoyed the 2-0 advantage but the Foresters got one back in the third when Drummond singled to right to knock in Eric Schultz. The Wildcats answered with runs in the third and fifth to push their lead to 4-1. It looked like the Foresters were poised for a big sixth inning as Travis Frantz and Harpring opened up play with back-to-back walks. Justin Branock singled to center to load the bases and then Jarod Hammel's two-run RBI-single cut the lead to 4-3. But the Foresters' rally dried up as the Wildcats made the necessary plays to leave three runners stranded on base heading into the seventh inning. HU scored one more run in the seventh before succumbing to the Wildcats.

Cody Walters was charged with the loss. In three innings of work he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Drummond paced the Foresters at the plate with two hits and an RBI. Shell, Harpring and Branock finished with two hits each and Jarod Hammel had a game-high three RBI.


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