Foresters set record in split with Spring Arbor

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2009-04-23
 Aside from having conference playoff implications, the Foresters' doubleheader with Spring Arbor also was Senior Day for five upperclassman and included an opportunity to break a program record. HU split with the Cougars losing the first 1-0 and winning the second 3-0. The win was the Foresters' 23rd victory of the season which surpassed the program's previous best of 22 set 24 years ago in the spring of 1985. The victory also marked the first time that HU had beaten Spring Arbor during Coach Gower's tenure.

The Foresters needed to sweep the doubleheader to finish third in the MCC standings, but will instead enter postseason play as the #4 seed. The five seniors playing in their final home games were Keri Badenhop, Brittany Gower, Ashley McCann, Ashley Scally and Lauren Ward.

In the opener, Spring Arbor's leadoff hitter singled to start the game, moved to second on a bobble and then stole third. A walk put runners at first and third with two outs and when the Cougars drew a throw to second on a fake steal, the baserunner scored from third for the only run of the game. The Foresters left runners in scoring position three times including the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't come up with the big hit to drive them in.

Ward went the distance in the loss for HU. She gave up one run on five hits and three walks while striking out 10. Brita Kuiper had two hits in the contest including a double for the Foresters.

In the nightcap, Kuiper continued to swing a hot bat. In the bottom of the second she drove in the Foresters' first run with a double and then scored on a Cougar error to make it 2-0. She then came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and drilled a triple to deep left to earn her second RBI of the game and give HU the 3-0 win.

Molly Long reaped the benefits of Kuiper's performance at the plate to pick with the win on the mound. She shutout Spring Arbor and allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine.
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