BRESCIA, Ky. - The Huntington softball team opened up the season with a pair of identical wins, 6-2, 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Brescia University.
Katie Bowers headlined the day with a two-run homer in the first game on her way to collecting four hits, three RBI, four stolen bases and four runs scored to pace HU offensively.
Bowers wasted no time making her presence known by knocking in Annie Weaver who had opened up the game with a single to give HU an early 1-0 lead they would never relinquish.
Katie Knous singled in two more runs in the top of the third to cushion HU’s advantage to 3-0. The Bearcats closed to within one in the bottom of the fifth to keep things interesting but the Foresters made sure Brescia didn’t tap into any late-game heroics.
After Katie DePew started the final inning with a lead-off single, Lindsay Shellabarger doubled her in to make it 4-2. Bowers then topped off the day with her two-run blast to solidify the win.
Huntington finished with ten hits to Brescia’s six. Bowers, Knous and DePew posted two hits apiece in the winning effort.
Marcie McDougle (1-0) was spectacular on the mound. She issued no walks and threw just 68 pitches in seven innings of work for the win. She gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out three.
Huntington managed only five hits in the nightcap but capitalized on just as many Bearcat errors to make the most of their opportunities in an impressive come-from-behind win.
HU found itself in a 2-0 deficit through the first five innings but finally came to life at the plate in the sixth.
Bowers started the rally with a single to right and then Knous reached on a walk bringing Pazia Speed to the plate. The junior cranked out a run-scoring single and then found her way to second on a passed ball.
On a well-executed double steal, Knous scampered home from third to knot the score at 2-2. Cristin Carter followed up by ripping one into center field to drive in HU’s final run of the inning to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.
The seventh inning was a near Déjà vu of the previous inning. Bowers got things started with a base hit and eventually came around to score on an error. Knous found home on a double steal and Carter drove in Speed for the second time in as many attempts to round out the day’s scoring.
Carter logged a pair of run-scoring hits. Bowers added two hits to go along with two runs scored and three stolen bases.
After Emily Puterbaugh tossed the first three innings, Ariel Sheets (1-0) came on in relief and worked three hitless innings to earn her first collegiate career win in the circle.