Foresters lose opener of NAIA tourney

The fourth-seeded Huntington University baseball team suffered a 7-5 loss to fifth-seeded British Columbia on Monday, May 13, in the opening round of the 2019 NAIA National Championship Tournament at Luther Williams Field in Macon, GA.

The Foresters had rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but BC, 30-20, scored a trio of runs in the seventh inning for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Foresters, 26-15, face the loser of Rio Grande and Middle Georgia State on Tuesday morning in the consolation bracket of the double-elimnation tournament.

Three BC batters went yard on the day, including the Thunderbirds’ leadoff hitter for the game.

The Foresters used a pair of BC errors in the fifth to score four runs. Three runs came home on what appeared to be a routdine sacrifice bunt play, but two overthrows later, the game was tied at three. Two outs later Austin Pritchard tattooed one over the right field fence to give the Foresters a 4-3 lead.

Mason Shinabery went the first 6.1 innings for HU and gave up five earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Caleb Landrum got tagged with the loss for his two innings of work, yielding two earned runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and two walks.

Daniel Lichty and Ian McCutcheon each had two of the Foresters six hits on the day.