Taylor pitching blanks Foresters twice

The Huntington University baseball team managed only six hits in two games against pitchers from visiting Taylor University and fell 9-0, 4-0 on Wednesday, April 17.

Game one remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Trojans got to Forester pitcher John Ripke for five runs. Brock Gower took the mound for Huntington after that, but Taylor found hits against him as well, picking up three earned runs and a run in the top of the seventh to take the game to its final tally.

Blake Ayers, Adam Christner and Austin Drummond had the only hits for the Foresters, 9-19, 9-9 in the Crossroads League.

Austin York had a homer, three runs batted in and two runs scored to lead the Trojans, 24-12.

Ripke took the loss for Huntington, giving up four hits and five earned runs in 4.1 innings.

Taylor Luna pitched six innings for Taylor, yielding only three hits for the win.

Forester pitchers kept the Trojan offensive quieter in game two, but a dominating complete game performance by Taylor hurler Josh DeGraaf silenced Huntington.

In seven innings, DeGraaf ceded only three hits and a single walk for the victory.

Derek McKinney got hung with the tough-luck loss for the Foresters, scattering five hits across as many innings of work while allowing three earned runs.

Brian Kirschbaum held Taylor scoreless in two innings of relief.

Christner, Drew Adams and Josh Lanphier were behind Huntington's trio of hits.

Danny Moorehead had a homer and two ribbies to pace Taylor.