HU baseball team splits with IWU

Jared Green (right), a freshman on the Huntington University baseball team, looks to lay down a bunt in the Foresters’ first game against visiting Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, April 19. HU defeated the Wildcats, 4-2, but lost the second game, 7-1. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University baseball team missed sweeping Indiana Wesleyan for the second doubleheader in a row when it followed up a 4-2 win over the visiting Wildcats on Saturday, April 19, with a 7-1 defeat.

Huntington still leads Indiana Wesleyan in the Crossroads League, holding fourth place at 14-12, 20-20 overall, while the Wildcats occupy sixth at 13-13, 16-26.

In the first game, the Foresters countered a pair of runs in the second inning with three scores in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 lead. Coach Mike Frame's squad then tacked on an insurance tally in the fourth to round out the contest's scoring.

Tyson Dietrich yielded three hits and two runs in 5.1 innings to earn the win for Huntington while Derek McKinney recorded a save after throwing 1.2 scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts.

Freshman Michael Crowley and junior Avery Sneed each drove home a run for the Foresters. Freshman TJ Lindstrand banged out three of Huntington's eight base pokes while sophomore Brock Gower scored two runs.

Bryan Beachy took the loss for Indiana Wesleyan, giving up the eight hits and four runs in six innings.

The first four frames of game two were a scoreless pitchers' duel between the Foresters' Drew McLochlin and the Wildcats' Brandon Watkins. The visitors finally broke through against McLochlin in the fifth, tallying three runs. Huntington replied with a score in its half of the inning, but Watkins shut down the hosts after that and Indiana Wesleyan added two runs in both the sixth and seventh frames to snap its three-game skid to the Foresters.

McLochlin took the loss, allowing four hits and three runs in 4.1 innings. Watkins went the distance on the mound for the Wildcats, limiting the Foresters to four base pokes and a run while striking out five.

Crowley accounted for Huntington's only run batted in.

Cam Screeton, Logan Tomlinson and Craig Nesselhuf each smacked two hits for Indiana Wesleyan, which finished with 11.