HU baseball team runs win string to dozen

The Huntington University baseball team ran its win streak to 12 games with an 11-5 triumph over Marian University on Thursday, April 13, at Forest Glen Park.

The Foresters, 21-7, 14-2 in Crossroads League play, slugged out 17 hits to the Knights’ 11. Despite leaving 13 runners stranded, Huntington scored at least a run in each of the first six innings to score in double digits for the sixth time this season.

After Shea Beauchamp doubled in Huntington’s first run in the first, Jordan Jackson blasted the first of two homers over the left-field fence with a runner on first to give the Knights their only lead of the night at 2-1 in the top of the second.

But Dylan Henricks made sure it was short-lived by matching Jackson’s two-run dinger with his own in Huntington’s half of the frame to reclaim the lead at 3-2. While starting pitcher Tanner Wyse held the visitors in check, the Foresters produced a run in each of the next three frames to grow the lead to 6-2 by way of a Mike Crowley RBI-double down the left-field line, a feat he would replicate in the sixth, a Beauchamp run-scoring groundout and a Jamar Weaver RBI-single.

Marian got one back in the sixth to trim the lead to three but they would get no closer as Huntington exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Crowley’s aforementioned double sparked the scoring frenzy after which five Foresters hammered out a single, with Andy Roser and Dalton Combs’ base pokes driving in one and two runs, respectively.

The Knights, 20-16, 14-5 in league action, scored twice more, once in the seventh and again in the eighth, but it wouldn’t be near enough as the Foresters cruised to the victory.

Wyse, who entered the contest ranked eighth nationally in total runs allowed with 11, tossed the first eight frames to improve to 5-1 on the year. The senior hurler gave up nine hits for five runs while striking out eight.

Offensively, Weaver went 4 for 5 at the plate. Combs, Beauchamp, Crowley and Henricks each cranked out at least two hits while collecting two RBI apiece. Andy Roser added a pair of hits as the sixth Forester to log multiple hits. He also registered an RBI, as did Adam Roser and Weaver.