Late lightning fuels Foresters in national tourney

The Huntington University baseball team used some late lightning to post a 12-6 win over second-seeded St. Thomas University on Monday, May 15, in the NAIA Opening Round Baseball Tournament at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

The third-seeded Foresters, 35-11, trailed 5-3 after six innings, but racked up nine runs over the final three frames to stay in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

The Foresters will face top-seeded Faulkner today, Tuesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Senior Will Cousen-Carr smashed a two-out three-run homer in a four-run seventh as HU grabbed the lead back at 7-5. Andy Roser then knocked in four of the last five runs for HU to make sure the Foresters moved forward.

Tarrin Beachy, the second of three HU hurlers on the day, got the win with 2.2 innings of one-run relief, yielding four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Caleb Landrum then shut down the St. Thomas bats for the final 1.2 frames, with one strikeout, for the save.

Andy Roser finished the day with two hits and four RBI, while his brother, Adam, had three hits and a ribby. Coursen Carr and Dylan Henricks each had two hits. Shea Beauchmap added to the 13-hit attack with yet another home run.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning, and HU tallied a run in the second.  St. Thomas matched that with a run in the third inning and pushed across two more runs in the fifth.

St. Thomas reached HU starter Mason Shinabery for five earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Shinabery struck out seven and didn't allow a walk.