Foresters end season with 4-3 loss to MVNU in tourney

After sending top-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University into the losers' bracket in the first game, the Huntington University baseball team couldn't quite get the job done and lost to the visiting Cougars, 4-3, to end their season at the Crossroads League Tournament.

Mount Vernon scored one run in the first inning and three more in the third to take a 4-0 lead on HU in the second contest of the day at Forester Glen Park. Although HU got two back in the fourth, a last-frame rally fell one run short and the Foresters ended their season with a 29-24 mark.

MVNU, 42-9, moved into the championship game against Spring Arbor University.

In the opener, hurlers Tanner Wyse and Derek McKinney combined for a six-hit shutout, with McKinney throwing the final 5.2 innings and getting the win.

HU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but gave itself some space with three runs in the sixth and another pair in the seventh. TJ Lindstrand knocked in all three sixth inning runs with a three-run homer, and Ayers took care of the seventh inning runs with a two-run shot.

Lindstrand finished with two hits and four RBI, and Ayers had two and two. Michael Crowley also had two hits.

John Ripke started the second contest and took the loss for HU, throwing 2.1 innings and yielding four earned runs on five hits, with one strikeout and one walk. Brock Gower threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief and McKinney finished up with a final scoreless frame, but the damage had been done.

Dylan Henricks had a two-out RBI hit in the nine inning of the second game and Ayers was hit by a pitch to pitch the winning run on base, but Cougar reliever Bryce Arledge was able to close the door without further incident.

Henricks, Avery Sneed and Michael Crowley each had two hits for HU.