HU baseball team wins first three games

The Huntington University baseball team opened its season with a 3-0 showing at the Clash of the Conferences Tournament, held Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, in Johnson City, TN.

The Foresters, 3-0, kicked off the tournament with back-to-back wins over Milligan College on Feb. 8, triumphing 7-5 and 7-4. Coach Mike Frame’s squad then beat Concordia University, 2-0, on Feb. 9.

Both of Huntington’s victories over Milligan were of the comeback variety. The first game saw the Foresters in a 5-0 hole after four innings. They got on the board with a solo tally in the fifth, however, then erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh to seize the lead and the game. In the nightcap, the Buffaloes took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and enjoyed a 4-1 advantage after five frames. Huntington’s bats came to life in the sixth, though, with the Foresters knocking in six runs to snatch victory from Milligan once again.

In the opening contest, Huntington was led by Adam Roser and Ian McCutcheon, who each produced two hits and as many runs batted in. Adrian Perez got in on the scoring with a solo home run while Nick Davit and Jake Hansen logged the team’s other two RBI. The team finished with 12 hits.

Alex McCutcheon pitched the Foresters to the win. The junior tossed the first six innings, yielding seven hits and five runs, four of which were earned. He also walked four and struck out two.

Reliever Brent Turner pitched a perfect seventh inning, recording two strikeouts, to record the save.

In the second tilt, Huntington was once again led by Roser, who contributed two base pokes and as many RBI. Daniel Lichty registered a hit and two RBI and Donovan Clark, Satchell Wilson and Gustavo Bonilla each supplied an RBI to the Forester cause. Wilson also scored a team-high two runs.

Mason Shinabery earned the win for Huntington. The junior pitched the first six innings, permitting five hits and four runs, three of which were earned. He also walked one and fanned seven.

Joey Butz notched the save for the Glen Men. The reliever tossed a hitless final frame, walking one and striking out two.

Against Concordia the following day, the Foresters logged solo tallies in the first and fourth innings while shutting the Cardinals out to secure the win.

Roser and Lichty once again led the Huntington offense, as they each produced a hit and an RBI.
DJ Moore dominated Concordia on the mound to pick up the win. The Forester hurler tossed a six-inning one-hitter, walking five while striking out eight.

Caleb Landrum spelled Moore in the seventh. The senior pitched a perfect frame of relief, fanning one, to earn the save.