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Foresters come back for walk-off victory

PITCH: Senior pitcher DJ Moore threw five innings for the Foresters in Huntington’s 6–5 victory over Spring Arbor on Monday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University baseball team squeaked out a nail-biting come-from-behind 6–5 victory over Spring Arbor on Monday at Logansport High School in Logansport, Indiana to open a three-game series between the teams.

The win improved the Foresters’ season record to 7–6, including a 3–1 record in Crossroads League play.

The Foresters got out to a quick start by scoring in the bottom of the first inning when junior first baseman Austin Pritchard hit a sacrifice fly to score senior outfielder Donovan Clark and give Huntington a 1–0 lead.

Huntington tacked on another run in the second inning thanks to a single by freshman outfielder Collin Landrum that brought in senior outfielder Adrian Perez to extend the Forester lead to 2–0.

The Cougars broke through in the top of the fourth inning and exploded for three more runs in the fifth inning to take hold of a 4–2 lead.

However, Huntington answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth. A double by sophomore infielder Daniel Lichty scored senior designated hitter Adam Roser, but a fielding error then allowed Lichty to come all the way home on the play to tie the score at 4–4.

Spring Arbor regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning at 5–4 and things appeared to point toward a 5–4 final score as neither team could cross home plate over through the top of the ninth inning.

Despite struggling at the plate in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, the Foresters were not ready to pack it in and head back to Huntington empty-handed. A Roser RBI scored Landrum to tie the game at 5–5, giving the Foresters a chance to walk it off for a comeback win.

Huntington did just that later in the frame, as freshman infielder Jarret Gray stepped up to the dish with the bases loaded. After fouling off the first pitch of the at-bat, Gray drove the next pitch into the outfield to score Roser and complete the 6–5 walk-off triumph.

Senior pitcher DJ Moore tossed five innings in the start for Huntington, giving up nine hits and four runs before freshman pitcher Joey Butz came on in relief to throw two and one-third innings.

Pritchard shifted from first base to the pitching mound in the eighth inning and escaped a bases-loaded jam in each inning to help keep the Foresters in the game and ultimately come away with the win. As such, Pritchard was the pitcher of record for Huntington, earning his first victory of the season.

Landrum and Clark led the way for Huntington on the base paths, swiping three and two stolen bases, respectively, en route to a total of nine stolen bases for the Foresters.

Huntington and Spring Arbor wrapped up their series with a doubleheader on Tuesday at Logansport High School, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

The Foresters are scheduled to face Manchester today in a road battle. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.