After finishing fifth in the MCC regular season standings, the Forester baseball team
stormed through the MCC Tournament with a perfect record to claim the tournament championship and earn the program’s first berth to the NAIA National Tournament.
After defeating Spring Arbor (8-0) in opening round of the MCC tournament, the Foresters pulled off its second upset of the day with an 8-5 win over Bethel. HU continued to roll through the tourney with a thrilling come-from-behind 10-9 win over Indiana Wesleyan in semi-final action before knocking off the Wildcats again for the conference championship.
“We were very happy with our play in the MCC tournament,” Coach Mike Frame said. “We have won several conference championships over the years, but you are always happy for your seniors.”
In the opening round of the national tournament held at California Baptist University on May 18-21, the Foresters were eliminated after dropping back-to-back games to Vanguard University and College of Idaho.
“We played very well in the opening round, but just could not get a big hit when we needed it. That’s the way the game is sometimes,” Frame said.
The Foresters finished the year with an overall record of 31-22 and rewrote the program’s history books by breaking numerous team and individual records which included at bats (1,602), RBI (307), total bases (749), games played (53) and putouts/assists (1,634).
“Our goal every year is to win the conference championship and be playing at our best at the end of the year. We know that winning the conference is what qualifies us for the next round of the tournament,” Frame said. “We have won two of the last three conference tournaments. Our team was very young in 2010 so we return a lot of very good players. We will have high expectations again in 2011.”