Lea Foerster improving as Spartan softball's best hitter
Entering MSU softball’s matchup against the University of Toledo on Wednesday, junior outfielder Lea Foerster had reached on base in 34 consecutive games.
The streak continued Wednesday as the 5-foot-8 junior was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Spartans' 13-7 win over the Rockets and reached on base for the 35th straight game.
“I think Lea is one of the best hitters we’ve ever had here and lately, I feel like she’s put too much pressure on herself and it’s gotten her out of her game a little bit,” head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “But we’re going to go wherever Lea takes us. It’s that simple. She’s a great, great player and I’ve got complete faith in her and she’s going to lead us no question"
In 122 at-bats, Foerster has recorded 48 runs, 47 hits and hauled in 33 RBIs.
Foerster currently leads the team in runs, hits, home runs with 10 and her 15 doubles is the most on the team.
“She’s been off the last couple of games, but she’s a great, great player,” Joseph said. “Our best players have to play well if we’re going to win. It’s that simple.”
Although the streak seems momentous, Foerster said she just recently learned of it.
“Honestly, I didn’t even know that until a couple days ago,” Foerster said. “Someone told me that I’ve been on base consecutively that many games. I truly had no idea.”
Now that Foerster knows of her improbable streak, the Portage, Mich. native said she is excited of her on base spell.
“It’s really cool. It’s something that — as a lead off batter, my job is to get on base and so, it’s really cool,” she said. “I’m excited about it.”