The Bethel College baseball team split a home doubleheader with Huntington University on Thursday afternoon in Mishawaka, Ind.
The Pilots managed only two hits in the opener and fell to the Foresters by the score of 4-2 before bouncing back in game two to earn the 9-7 victory.
Ethan Zartman and Jordan Long were the lone Pilots to record hits in the opener while starting pitcher Michael Vanderlaan took the loss by going five innings while allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned).
Despite trailing 5-0 after one half inning of play, the Pilots' bats got hot in game two to score nine runs through the first three innings and go on for the 9-7 win.
Brant Jones got off to a rocky start on the mound to allow five runs on five hits in the first inning but held the Foresters in check for much of the rest of the game which allowed the Pilots to comeback and help Jones earn the victory. Jones threw five innings while allowing eight hits and seven earned runs.
Evan Pulliam, Ethan Zartman, and Cory Stoner all recorded two hits while five other Bethel hitters got a hit as the Pilots had 11 hits in total.
The Pilots and Foresters continue their series on Saturday with a 1:00 pm doubleheader in Huntington, Ind.