HU baseball team wins pair over Taylor

The Huntington University baseball team outlasted visiting Taylor in nine innings, 4-3, before topping the Trojans again, 8-5, to record a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday, April 16.

The Foresters improve to 3-1 against Taylor this season and 17-19 overall with an 11-11 mark in the Crossroads League. The Trojans fall to 23-17, 15-7.

In the first game, Taylor countered runs by Huntington in the second and fourth innings with solo tallies of its own in the third and fifth frames to deadlock things at 2-2. The tie stretched into extra innings, with both squads adding a run to it in the eighth to force a ninth frame with the game knotted at 3-3.

After holding the Trojans scoreless, the Foresters entered the bottom of the inning with a chance to win, and Dylan Henricks stepped up to the challenge, banging out a walk-off single to give Huntington the narrow win.

Michael Crowley and Jared Green also each drove in a run for Huntington and Crowley finished with three of the team's 11 hits.

Drew McKinney went the distance on the mound for the Foresters, scattering eight base pokes and three runs to pick up the win.

Josh DeGraaf threw the first seven innings for Taylor, yielding eight hits and two runs. Caleb Miller pitched 1.1 innings of relief and took the loss after surrendering two base pokes and a run.

In the second game, with the Trojans up 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth, Huntington went off for five runs, taking an 8-5 lead that stood up.

The Foresters got another complete game pitching performance, this time from John Ripke. The senior hurler allowed 10 hits and five runs.

Crowley and Avery Sneed batted in two runs apiece, while Brock Gower and Andy Roser each produced as many base pokes to help Huntington finish with nine. Roser also scored a pair of runs.

The Foresters did their damage against Taylor pitcher Eric Kartman, who gave up all nine hits and eight runs, six of which were earned, in 4.1 innings to take the loss.

Danny Moorehead accounted for three of the Trojans' 10 hits and finished with two RBI.