MARION, Ind. -- After being shut down in the opener with Huntington (Ind.) University the Indiana Wesleyan University baseball team rebounded with a convincing 9-4 victory in game two as the teams split a doubleheader on Tuesday at Wildcat Field. Huntington earned a 4-0 win in the first game.
The Wildcats broke game two open in the second inning when the game was tied 1-1. IWU scored six runs on five hits while facing three Forester pitchers in the inning. Three of the runs came after two outs were recorded.
Second baseman Jacob Murphy, centerfielder Quinn Nofziger, catcher Alex Ridlen, rightfielder Craig Dollens, DH Javier Aponte, and leftfielder Seth White all had one RBI in the frame.
Starting pitcher Ryne Brown was cruising until the fifth inning when Huntington attempted to rally. Back-to-back triples opened the inning. Brown would settle down and hold Huntington to just two runs but suddenly HU was down just 7-4.
In the top of the sixth, Huntington had two on and two out following a walk and an error. The tying run came to the plate for the Foresters in the form of their No. 3 hitter Eric Schultz. But Brown forced a ground out to second to end the threat.
Indiana Wesleyan (15-18, 7-7 MCC) gained some much needed breathing room in the bottom of the sixth inning. Craig Dollens hit a fly ball to deep left field and it continued to carry right over the fence for a 2-run home run. The jack gave IWU a comfortable 9-4 advantage heading into the final inning and Brown would close out Huntington in the seventh 1-2-3 for the doubleheader split.
Ryne Brown finished the complete game with four runs on nine hits. He walked three and struck out two as his record is now 2-3 on the season.
Craig Dollens was 1-for-3 at the plate with four RBI while Alex Ridlen finished 3-for-4. Jacob Murphy added a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a double, two runs scored, and one RBI.
In game one, Indiana Wesleyan managed just four hits in the loss. Quinn Nofziger, Craig Dollens, Javier Aponte, and third baseman Preston Fugita accounted for the Wildcat hits, all singles.
Starting pitcher Shane Bryant pitched well despite taking the loss. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- in the complete game effort. He gave up seven hits, one walk, and one strikeout in a 79-pitch performance.
Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington (11-17, 6-8 MCC) will complete their four-game series on Thursday at Huntington. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.