Foresters sweep Grace on Saturday

The Huntington University baseball team topped host Grace, 4-0, before winning a 2-1 squeaker to sweep the Lancers on Saturday, April 26.

In the first game, the Foresters' Derek McKinney struck out seven during a complete game shutout performance in which he held Grace to three hits and picked up his fourth victory against five losses.

The Lancers' Joey Hickerson also went the distance on the mound, allowing eight base pokes and four runs with five strikeouts to take the loss.

Huntington plated a run in the second inning, then added two more in the third and an insurance tally in the fifth.

Freshman Shea Beauchamp led the Foresters' offensive effort with three hits and a run batted in. Junior Avery Sneed contributed a base poke and a pair of RBI while freshman Michael Crowley added a home run, his third of the season.

In the second game, the Foresters put up solo tallies in the second and third innings before Grace answered with a run in the fourth. That score sent Huntington starter John Ripke to the bench and freshman Andy Roser to the mound, where he worked for 2.1 scoreless frames and allowed only four hits to pick up his second collegiate win. Senior Marc Bowers tossed the final 1.1 innings for the Foresters and kept up the scoreless pitching while yielding only two base pokes to earn the save, his second of the year.

Coach Mike Frame's squad got five hits against the Lancers' Austin Green, who pitched a complete game, striking out five while allowing the pair of scores to wind up the loser.

Freshman Dylan Henricks and Sneed each knocked in a run for Huntington, 25-21 overall, 19-13 in the Crossroads League. Freshman Dalton Combs added two doubles.

Grace, 12-27, 11-20, finished with 12 hits on the Foresters' trio of pitchers, but left a dozen base runners stranded to squander their offensive chances.