HU baseball team a double victim at Spring Arbor

The Huntington University baseball team was swept by host Spring Arbor University, 5-3 and 3-0, on Friday, April 26.

The Foresters fall to 11-21 overall and 11-11 in the Crossroads League, while Spring Arbor improved to 23-14 overall and 18-5 in the league.

The Foresters only got four hits in the second game and wasted a pretty good mound effort by John Ripke, who only allowed five hits. The Cougars scored a run in the first without benefit of a hit -- with Ripke hurting himself on a hit batter -- but strung three of their five hits together in the second to tally their final two runs of the game.

Freshmen Brock Gower got two of the Foresters' hits in the opener.

In the nightcap the Foresters spotted the Cougars a 3-0 lead after two innings and couldn't quite catch up, scoring a pair of runs in the third and one in the sixth, but SAU added a run in the third and one more in the sixth as well.

Jamon Hammel, Bryce Anderson and Marc Bowers each had two of the Foresters' 10 hits in the contest.

Xyan Adkisson took the loss for HU, going the first 5.1 innings and giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Adam Christner, Jordan Klopfenstein and Anderson had the HU RBI.

Gower started the Foresters' third with a one-out bunt single, and moved up on a Bowers knock. Christner plated Gower with a double to deep right-center, and Klopfenstein brought in Bowers on a ground-out. Blake Ayers then flied out to leave Christner stranded at third.

Ayers reached on a SAU error to start the sixth inning for HU. Hammel forced Ayers at second, but Josh Lanphier singled and after Kirschbaum struck out, Anderson singled to bring in the run. Gower flied out to leave two runners on.