ADRIAN, Mich. - The Foresters head into conference play with two more wins under their belt as they swept Siena Heights University, 4-3, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at Christensen Field.
Molly Long (5-1) went the distance on the mound in game one and scattered seven hits, two walks and three runs, two earned, while striking out seven.
The Saints enjoyed an early 1-0 lead after one but the Foresters quickly countered in the top of the second by taking advantage of a pair of errors and an RBI fielder’s choice by Amy Snider to knot the score at 1-1.
HU struck again in the fifth with two more runs to jump in front 3-1. After Allison Greene and Brandi Gower each recorded singles to open the inning, Katie Bowers singled in a run and Brita Kuiper followed suit to give the Foresters a little breathing room.
Amy Snider blasted her first collegiate four-bagger in the sixth for what proved to be the game-winner as the Saints got two back in the seventh but would get no closer as Long struck out the last batter to seal the 4-3 win.
Bowers went 3-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Foresters offensively. Snider finished with two hits, scored a run and drove in two more while Kuiper also collected a pair of hits and an RBI and also came around to score.
Marcie McDougle continued her winning ways on the mound by recording the 6-3 victory in game two. She allowed three runs, two unearned, on four hits and no walks in seven innings of work.
After spotting Siena Heights a 1-0 lead, Snider knocked in her third run of the day with a single to left to deadlock the score at 1-1 in the top of the third. The Saints wasted no time plating two more runs in their half of the frame to reclaim the advantage at 3-1.
McDougle made sure it was their last offensive flair-up as she limited the home team to just two hits the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Foresters were just warming up at the plate. With two on base thanks to an error and walk, Katie Knous sailed one over the fence for a three-run shot to give HU a 4-3 lead that would stick.
The Foresters added two insurance runs in the seventh. It was déjà vu from game one as Bowers and Kuiper each registered run-scoring hits to round out HU’s scoring.
Lindsay Shellabarger was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate. Kuiper added two hits and drove in a run while Knous’ long ball landed her a run scored and three RBI.
The Foresters improve to 12-4. They open up MCC play on Thursday when they host Taylor University for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.