INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After being blanked by Marian University, 8-0, in the opener, the HU softball crew (6-6, 3-3) knocked off the Knights (14-6, 5-1) in convincing fashion, 11-5, in the nightcap. Huntington’s 11-run win is the most runs MU has given up all season and marks MU’s first conference loss of the year.
Picking up her seventh win of the season, Emily Gwaltney effectively shut down the Foresters’ offense in the opener. Huntington has been hot as of late at the plate but Gwaltney would have none of it as she held her visitors scoreless and allowed only three hits in the six inning shutout.
The top of the order consisting of Annie Weaver, Pazia Speed and Katie Bowers were the only Foresters to record hits while the Knights hammered out 11 hits including two dingers on their way to scoring eight runs.
Marcie McDougle took the loss for HU, giving up eight hits and five runs while striking out three in five innings on the mound.
Huntington turned things around in the nightcap. After mustering only a handful of base pokes in the opener, HU exploded for 12 hits to blow past the Knights in game two to split the Crossroads series.
MU tallied ten hits but HU’s defense, despite committing three errors, made the necessary plays to leave 12 Knights stranded on the night.
After spotting Marian a 2-0 lead through the first four innings, Lindsay Shellabarger ignited Huntington’s offense with a three-run blast, her second homer of the season, in the top of the fifth. Later in the inning Annie Weaver singled in another run to give HU a 4-2 lead.
It was a short-lived advantage as the Knights reclaimed the lead, 5-4, in their half of the frame. But it didn’t settle well with the Foresters as they one-upped Marian in the sixth but stringing together seven hits to post seven runs and run away with the game. Katie Knous, Weaver, Bailey McIntire and Emily O’Leary each recorded run-scoring base hits in the scoring frenzy.
O’Leary tallied two hits in the sixth inning to finish a perfect 4-for-4 on the night. She also scored once and drove in two runs. Weaver and Shellabarger each added two hits and three RBI for the Foresters.
Emily Puterbaugh went the distance to pick up her first win of the season. She gave up five runs, three earned, on ten hits and five walks while striking out four.
Next up for Huntington is a two-day tournament over the weekend at the University of St. Francis (Ill.).