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Forester diamond men upset No. 22 Reinhard twice
Friday, March 17, 2017 4:59 PM
While the weather limited the Huntington University baseball team to just two games over spring break, the Foresters made the most of it by upsetting No. 22 Reinhardt University twice on the Eagles’ home field, 9-2, 3-1, on Tuesday, March 14.
The Foresters, 6-5, struck early and often in game one to take control, 6-1, by the fourth inning with the Eagles’ only run up to that point coming in the second.
After Shea Beauchamp’s two-run homer in the top of the first, Dalton Combs followed suit with a three-run dinger in the fourth as two swings of the bat accounted for five of HU’s first six runs.
The first four frames saw HU hammer out seven of their 11 hits, with Andrew Natividad driving in a run two batters prior to Combs’ blast with a shot into left that allowed TJ Lindstrand, pinch running for Mike Crowley who had doubled down the line to open the frame, to touch home.
Huntington tacked on three more runs to RU’s one after that with Will Coursen-Carr and Jake Hansen collecting an RBI single in the fifth and seventh, respectively, while another run came by way of a passed ball to make for the lopsided outcome.
Adam Roser and Crowley each finished with a pair of hits while Combs and Beauchamp combined for five RBI.
Starting pitcher DJ Moore spent the first four innings on the mound and gave up five hits and a run while striking out two to pick up the win. Tyson Dietrich and Caleb Landrum teamed up to toss the final three frames, giving up just one run and a hit.
Offense was a little scarcer in the nightcap as the game featured just four hits and four runs with errors plaguing both teams. Each squad committed three errors, resulting in all four runs flagged as unearned.
HU pieced together a two-out rally in the top of the third to plate all three of its runs. Roser sparked the rally with a single to center and then rounded the bases on a dropped fly for the 1-0 advantage. Beauchamp, who reached base compliments of the aforementioned error, made his way home on a second Eagle blunder, this time a bobble, after which Crowley posted his second double of the day to drive in his team’s final run.
Reinhardt would get one back in its half of the inning on a pair of HU errors that sandwiched a walk to close the gap to two but it proved to be the last change to the scoreboard as each team managed just one hit the rest of the way as pitching reigned supreme.
Making his Huntington debut on the hill, Coursen-Carr claimed the win by tossing two innings of hitless and scoreless ball after which three other Foresters came on in relief to surrender just one hit and one unearned run.