Huntington, Ind. - After rain forced several cancellations, the Forester softball team finally took the field again on Tuesday afternoon and came out swinging to pick up two wins, 10-0 and 10-5, against Manchester College. With these wins, HU moves to 23-2 on the season.
Molly Long earned the win on the mound in game one with a three-hit shutout to pick up her thirteenth win of the season. She struck out eight while issuing one walk in four innings of work. Abby Dilling pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Offensively, the Foresters hammered out 11 hits with Aubrey Garner leading the way. After a quiet first inning, HU's bats came alive in the second. After three consecutive singles to load the bases, Allison Greene laid down the perfect bunt to plate HU's first run and a Spartan error on the next play gave HU the early 2-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Garner knocked one out of the park for the grand slam. A solo shot by Taylor Amber several batters later capped off an explosive inning for Huntington as they enjoyed a commanding 7-0 lead.
More damage was done in the following inning as Megan Smith plated a run with a single and then eventually came around to score on an RBI-triple by Garner to push the lead to 9-0. Katie Bowers closed out the scoring in the fourth with HU's third homer of the day as the Foresters cruised to the 10-0 victory after five innings of play.
Garner paced the Foresters with two hits, one run scored and five RBI. Smith and Greene each finished with a pair of hits and drove in a run.
In the nightcap, the Foresters continued to dominate at the plate, outhitting the Spartans 17-2 on their way to a 10-5 win. HU took control from the get-go. Garner opened up play with a single. Katie Knous knocked her in with an RBI-double and then came around to score thanks to a Spartan error to give HU the 2-0 lead.
The Foresters took advantage of a passed ball in the third to push the lead to three and added three more runs in the fourth behind RBI-singles by Knous and Bowers. The Spartans got two back in the bottom of the frame but the Foresters matched that in the fifth. After singling to open up the inning, Alicia Willour came around to score on Brandi Gower's double. Knous then drove in her fourth run of the game to give HU a comfortable 8-3 lead.
Right-fielder Danielle Howell kept the Spartans alive in the sixth with her second four-bagger of the game to close within three but Bowers made sure they would get no closer as she hammered out a single in the seventh driving in two insurance runs to secure their second win of the night.
Marcie McDougle picked up the Forester win. In five innings of work she gave up seven hits and four runs while striking out four. Knous went 4-for-5 from the plate and added three runs and four RBI to lead Huntington offensively. Garner, Bowers and Gower added three hits apiece. Bowers also drove in three runs.