Bowers' hot bats lead Foresters over Taylor

 Behind the hot bats of Katie Bowers, the Foresters (9-11, 3-1) grabbed two more conference wins against Taylor University, 10-2 and 4-3.

Game one started off slowly for Huntington as Taylor grabbed the early 2-0 lead but once HU got their bats going, they made quick work of the Trojans. Bowers doubled in a run and Kate Dwyer singled to center to drive in another run to tie things up in the bottom of the third. The Foresters tacked on their third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2. The next inning Jeanine Vaszari's two-run triple gave HU a three-point cushion as the Foresters went on to score three more runs in the inning to make it 8-2. Bowers then put the exclamation point on the day with a walk off homerun over the center field fence in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to an early conclusion.

Molly Long collected the win for HU by giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two. Bowers went 4-for-4 from the plate and finished with three RBI to lead the Foresters.

HU got off to an even slower start in the nightcap as they only managed three hits through the first four innings of play to find themselves down 2-0. Megan Smith finally got things going for the Foresters when she reached base on a walk in the bottom of the fifth. She stole second and then cruised home when Aubrey Garner tripled to deep left-center.

Headed into the bottom of the seventh the Foresters were down 3-1 and Smith again came up big by opening up play with a triple to left-center. Abby Dilling then singled to third which led to Smith scoring on a bobbled play. After Melissa Werling fought off the Taylor pitcher for a walk, a passed ball put runners on second and third. Garner tied things up with an RBI-single to center. After an intentional walk to Bowers that loaded the bases, Dwyer executed a perfect squeeze to drive in Werling for the come-from-behind victory.

Stacie Rawnsley went the distance for HU to pick up the win giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out five. Garner collected three hits and two RBI to lead the Foresters at the plate.


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