WESTVILLE, Ind. - The Forester softball team took a break from Crossroads play to pick up a pair of wins over Purdue University North Central Saturday afternoon at Patriot Park, 3-0, 10-1 (6 innings).
With these wins, HU moves to 13-11.
Huntington quietly went to work in the opener, tallying only three hits but making the most of their opportunities to plate a run in three of the first four innings to blank the Panthers.
HU’s first run came in the second on an Allison Greene’s run-scoring single through the left side. Huntington’s second score came in the third after Cristin Carter opened up play with a triple and then came around to score on Emily O’Leary’s RBI-groundout. The final run was of the unearned variety thanks to a muffed throw in the fourth.
Carter finished with two of HU’s three hits to lead the Foresters offensively.
Marcie McDougle tossed the first six innings and gave up two hits while striking out four to earn the win on the mound while Ariel Sheets pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
HU’s bats heated up in game two as the Foresters hammered out nine hits and took advantage of two errors to complete the series sweep.
The Panthers’ only run of the day came in their first at bats of the nightcap as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. They would hang on to that advantage until the top of the third when Katie DePew knocked in Greene and then eventually made her way home on a throwing error to put her team on top 2-1.
DePew registered her second RBI on the contest in the top of the fifth on a single up the middle. Katie Bowers followed suit with a similar hit two batters later to drive in HU’s fourth run.
The Panthers made a pitching change to start the sixth and the Foresters showed no mercy as they pieced together four hits for six runs on their way to busting the game wide open. With bases loaded and two outs, DePew again came up big for HU by drawing a base on balls to allow Bailey McIntire, who had singled earlier in the inning, to stroll home.
HU’s next two runs came by way of a Panthers' fielding error and then Bowers doubled in two runs and O’Leary drove in two more with a single up the middle to cap off the scoring frenzy.
DePew finished with two hits, scored three times and drove in three more to pace HU at the plate. Bowers added a pair of hits and two RBI while O’Leary also tallied two RBI with her base poke in the sixth.
Emily Puterbaugh picked up the win. She gave up four hits, one run and three walks while striking out five in five innings of work. Kaylin Yon tossed the sixth and final inning as the game was cut short because of the mercy rule.
The Foresters open up a busy week today when host Spring Arbor University at 3:00 p.m.