HU's bats come to life against Concordia
Four Foresters record long balls in a pair of wins over the Cardinals
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Coming off three consecutive losses where they only managed five total runs, the Forester softball team got back on track with a pair of wins, 6-4, 6-3, over the Cardinals of Concordia University (20-18-1). Four different Foresters logged a long ball on the way to improving to 16-14 on the season.
The Cardinals dominated game one early on, jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the top of the fourth before two mighty swings in the bottom of the fourth trimmed the lead in half as Lindsay Shellabarger and Katie Knous hit back-to-back solo blasts to ignite HU’s offense.
HU continued to roll in the fifth. After Annie Weaver doubled to left, Katie Bowers and Knous followed suit later in the inning to drive in three more runs and give their team its first lead at 5-4.
Extra bases proved to be the name of the game for Coach Gower’s squad as Allison Greene’s standup RBI-double in the sixth gave the Foresters some breathing as they cruised to the win.
Kaylin Yon took care of business on the mound to record the complete game win. She gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks while striking out six.
Offensively, Knous finished with two hits which included her four-bagger and a double to go along with three RBI and a run scored while Weaver added a pair of hits.
Huntington carried their momentum into the nightcap where they dominated the Cardinals from the get-go. Playing in her last home game of her decorated collegiate career, Bowers fueled HU’s offense. In addition to drawing two walks, she slugged out a triple and a dinger, scored two runs and drove in two more.
At her first trip to the plate, Bowers pounded out her triple to drive in the game’s first run. Two innings later, she got the green light on a 3-0 count and clocked one out of the park for her 33rd career homer.
She inspired her teammates as Knous followed her up with a run-scoring single in the first and fellow senior Allison Greene poked one into center to drive in HU’s fourth run. Huntington’s final runs came by way of Emily O’Leary’s monster two-run blast that landed in the tennis courts in the bottom of the sixth.
Concordia picked up a run in three of the last four innings to trim the lead to three but it was too little too late as the Foresters completed the non-conference series sweep.
Starting pitcher Emily Puterbaugh tossed the first six innings to pick up her fourth win of the season. She gave up seven hits, two runs and one walk while striking out four. Ariel Sheets worked the final inning and gave up a hit and a run.
In addition to Bowers’ offensive firepower, Cristin Carter added two hits and O’Leary finished with two hits and a pair of RBI.
The Foresters take on Manchester University at 3:30 p.m. today.