INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University baseball team earned a season split with Huntington University after the two teams split a doubleheader at Marian University Ballpark on Thursday afternoon.
The Knights won game one, 5-0, behind a masterpiece from senior Ben Walters
, but fell 8-2 in the nightcap to fall to 4-15 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-Central College Conference.
Walters threw a one-hit complete game shutout in MU's 5-0 win in the opener. He faced two batters beyond the minimum for a seven-inning game and the lone hit was a questionable trap call on a fly ball to center field. Walters struck out three batters and walked one to improve to 3-2 on the season.
Offensively, the Knights opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when junior Brett Metcalf
extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-run double to open a 2-0 lead.
With Walters cruising through the Huntington lineup, the Knights gave him two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Brandon Dale
hit an RBI-single to make it 3-0 before freshman Brett Jackson
hit an RBI-sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 after five innings. They added one more on an RBI-single by senior Jared Mills
to make it 5-0 and that was more than enough for Walters as he shut down the Foresters to pick up the 5-0 win.
Metcalf finishes 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Mills went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Dale also went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while three other Knights added hits.
In the nightcap, the Knights were able to get on the board first in the bottom of the third inning of what started as a pitcher's duel. After senior Evan Schludecker
hit a lead-off single, Metcalf brought him around with an RBI-double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and his streak of reaching base safely to 16 games to give MU a 1-0 lead.
Junior righthander T.J. Witham
threw four innings of one-hit ball before the fifth inning derailed his efforts. The Knights allowed eight runs, all unearned, after committing three errors and allowing six hits in the top of the fifth to give the Foresters an insurmountable 8-1 lead.
An RBI-ground out by Jackson in the bottom of the sixth brought the score to 8-2, but the Foresters were able to earn the 8-2 win and salvage a split of the four-game series.
Metcalf went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Schludecker, sophomore Joey Clifton
and sophomore Brody Edgerly
each added a hit.
The Knights will hit the road on Saturday when they head to Indiana Wesleyan University for the road doubleheader in the four-game series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Wildcat Field in Marion, Ind.