Two Cougar runs in the bottom of the sixth of the second game gave the University of St. Francis a 2-1 victory to avoid a four-game Forester sweep. HU took two from the Cougars on Thursday and won game one on Saturday 5-4, but couldn't finish off St. Francis in the final contest.
In the opener, the two teams traded a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Cougars added another run in the second. After both scored a run in the third, St. Francis held a slim 4-3 advantage.
HU took its first lead of the game with two runs in the fifth. Zach Crooks drew a leadoff walk and Keith Benbow bunted for a hit to advance pinch runner Ryan Shell to second. Austan Kas moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, and then Korey Grow delivered a two-run single to right to give the Foresters a 5-4 advantage. Drew Taylor then retired the final nine batters in order to secure the win.
Taylor moved to 7-2 on the season with another complete game victory. He allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two. Kas had two hits in the contest and Grow and Alex Rinearson both had two RBI.
Game two was scoreless heading into the sixth inning. Rinearson broke the tie when he sent the first pitch of the inning over the right field fence. In the bottom of the frame, the Cougars took advantage of a double and two throwing errors to plate two runs. In the top of the seventh, the Foresters got a runner on and brought the winning run to the plate, but an infield double play ended the rally attempt.
Eric Randel held the Cougars to three hits, but couldn't come up with the victory. He also struck out two and walked one in his seven innings of work. Adam Farris, Adam Culy and Shell each had two hits in the game.
"We were fortunate to come away from today with a split," said Coach Frame. "We were extremely poor in the whole four game series with St Francis. You have to give credit to their pitchers. They were just better than our hitters. We misplayed back to back sacrifice bunts in the sixth of the second game and that cost us. I am very disappointed in the day."