The Foresters got two solid performances on the mound from Michael Dalton and Trent Huffman to lift HU to 3-2 and 9-2 wins over the University of St. Francis.
"We needed a couple of pitchers to step up tonight and we got two very good starts," said Coach Frame. "Michael showed some signs that he might be returning to form and Trent was just outstanding in the second game. We were not great offensively in either game, but our starting pitching was very good."
In the opener, Thad Frame doubled to drive in Austan Kas in the bottom of the first to give HU an early lead. The Foresters added two more in the fourth for a 3-0 advantage. The Cougars made it interesting by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, but Dalton made enough good pitches to cut the rally short.
Dalton (2-4) earned his first the complete game victory of the season allowing two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out three. Kas and Frame both had two hits and one RBI to lead HU.
In game two, the Foresters gave Huffman a comfortable 3-0 lead when clean-up hitter, Alex Rinearson, belted a three-run homerun deep to left in his first at-bat. St. Francis got one back in the top of the fourth, but HU responded with four in their half of the frame and added two more in the fifth to seal the win.
Huffman earned his first victory of the year for HU. He went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits and he struck out four. Rinearson went 3-4 at the plate including a double and his first inning homerun and he had a team-high three RBI.