Offense has been pretty consistent for the Foresters who are averaging nearly eight runs per game this season and it was their bats that came through again in an 11-6, 9-7 sweep over Rochester College.
HU led 3-2 after two innings in the opener and was up 6-5 after trading three runs with the Warriors in the fourth. The Foresters blew the game open when they exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, HU strung together a walk and four consecutive hits, including a two-run triple by Edwin Rodriguez, to score the first four runs and then took advantage of two wild pitches to plate the fifth one. Rochester got one back in the bottom of the frame to make it 11-6, but it was as close as the Warriors would get.
Eric Randel threw six innings in the win for the Foresters. He gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Eric Schultz, Eric Harpring and Rodriguez each had two hits in the game and Rodriguez had a game-high five RBI.
In the nightcap, Rochester got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but HU came back with four in the top of the third. The Foresters added two more in the fourth, and after exchanging a pair of runs with the Warriors in the fifth, they led 8-4. HU then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Rochester came to the plate for its final at-bat and put the first two batters on base. Jeff Pickens then sent one deep to make it 9-7. Coach Frame brought in Travis Frantz from the bullpen and he retired the Warriors in order to pick up the save.
Harpring recorded the win for HU. He went 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits and five walks while striking out two. Jarod Hammel and Schultz each had three hits in the game and Ryan Shell and Cody Richey both had two RBI.
With the two wins, the Foresters move to 20-12 on the season.