HUNTINGTON, Ind. - For most pitchers, a perfect game is nothing more than a dream but for HU sophomore Marcie McDougle that became reality Saturday afternoon when she held the Saints hitless and issued no walks to lead the Foresters to a 1-0 win over the University of St. Francis (Ill.) in game two of the doubleheader.
McDougle allowed only one ball to leave the infield, a fly out to center field in the sixth inning. Her other 20 putouts came by way of infield popups (7), groundouts (7) and strikeouts (6) as no Saint player reach first base over the course of the seven-inning game. With this win, McDougle moves to 10-2 on the season.
McDougle’s teammates backed her up on the field by playing errorless softball and generating just enough offense for the win. The Foresters picked up the game’s lone run in the bottom of the fourth after Allison Greene tallied a two-out infield single and rounded the bases thanks in large part to two St. Francis botched plays.
In addition to Greene’s fourth-inning hit, Peyton Klinkhamer, Katie Bowers and Brita Kuiper were the only other Foresters to log hits in the nightcap.
While the first game was not quite as historic as game two, Molly Long had a spectacular outing on the mound to pace the Foresters past St. Francis 5-1. She limited the Saints to five hits, one run and two walks for the complete-game victory. She fanned 12 batters including four straight to close out the game.
The Foresters jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Kuiper RBI double in the bottom of the first but the Saints were quick to respond as they tied things up 1-1 in their next at-bats. The score would remain deadlocked until the fourth when Kendra DeRoo knocked in Katie Knous who had singled to left earlier in the inning for the go ahead run.
Bowers then made sure the lead stuck as she drilled a triple into right to drive in two runs and came around to score on Kuiper’s second RBI hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win.
Kuiper, Pazia Speed and Brandi Gower picked up two hits apiece with Kuiper adding two RBI. Bowers scored two runs and drove in two more to go along with her hit for extra bases.
With these wins, the Foresters (28-16, 12-6) close out their regular season and begin preparing for the MCC Tournament slated for May 2-3 at Indiana Wesleyan University. They enter the tournament as the third seed and will face 6th-seeded Spring Arbor University at noon on Wednesday in first round action.