HU diamond men start 0-3

The Huntington University baseball team opened its season 0-3 after dropping a pair of games to host St. Catharine College before losing to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

The Foresters lost to St. Catharine, 7-3, on Friday and 8-6, on Saturday, before falling to Northwestern, 4-3, also on Saturday.

Blake Ayers and Josh Lanphier led the HU attack in the first game against St. Catharine with two hits each, and Ayers had an RBI.

Brian Kirschbaum took the loss, giving up seven hits, three walks and three runs while striking out five in five innings.

In the second game against the Patriots, on Saturday, it looked like the Foresters would get some revenge as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but the hosts bombed Forester pitching for eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim a lead that would stick.

The Foresters scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second and three more in the third to get their lead. Brock Gower and Drew Adams each had run-scoring singles in the frame and Austin Drummond completed the scoring with a squeeze bunt to score Gower.

St. Catharine sent 13 men to the plate and had eight hits in the bottom of the third to flip the game.

Bryce Anderson and Adam Christner each had two hits.
Derek McKinney took the loss, giving up six hits, seven runs and four walks while striking out one in 2.1 innings of work.

Northwestern Ohio took a 2-0 lead after two innings of play in the finale. An Ayers RBI-single pulled the Foresters to 2-1, but a Forester error and wild pitch and a UNOH double gave the Racers a 4-1 lead.

Lanphier and Ayers each had RBI as the Forester pulled to within one at 4-3 in the fifth, but HU could get no closer.

Ayers and Drummond each had two hits.

Xyan Adkisson was charged with the loss for HU, allowing four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work.