Huntington, Ind. - In Thursday’s MCC matchup between the Foresters (21-3, 11-3) and University of Saint Francis, the Cougars stole game one, 3-2, before HU dominated the nightcap with a 6-1 win.
In an error-free game one, it was timely hitting by the Cougars that proved to be the difference in the game as they hammered out three runs on eight hits while the Foresters collected six hits but left six batters stranded. After spotting Saint Francis 2-0, the Foresters got on the board in the third after Aubrey Garner singled to second and eventually cruised home on Katie Bowers’ single to left. The Cougars responded by piecing together three hits and a walk in the fifth to plate their third and final run of the game to go up 3-1.
It looked like the Foresters were going to mount a fast and furious comeback in the sixth as Bowers opened up play with a double to left. Taylor Amber knocked her in to cut the lead to 3-2 with no outs but Cougar pitcher Amy Morrison maneuvered her way out of trouble to put a wrench in HU’s late-game heroics as the Cougars held on for the win.
Abby Dilling took the loss for HU giving up six hits, two earned, in four innings of work. Offensively, Katie Bowers and Aubrey Garner each finished with two hits.
Things finally went HU’s way in the nightcap as it was their turn to cash in on timely hitting. The Cougars only lead of the contest came after their first at-bats as they enjoyed a short-lived 1-0 lead. Garner again served as HU’s offensive catalyst as she led off the bottom of the frame with a single to the pitcher’s mound. Knous doubled to left and then Bowers blasted one over the fence to notch her third homer of the year and put HU on top 3-1.
The Foresters added two more in the second behind two Cougar errors and Knous’ RBI-single and then Brita Kuiper made the highlight reel with a dinger to center to grow the lead to 6-1 as the Foresters cruised to the win.
Molly Long went the distance on the mound giving up three hits, one unearned run while striking out seven. Knous went 2-for-3 from the plate, scored a run and drove in a run to pace the Foresters at the plate.