GOSHEN, Ind. - While the snow and cold didn’t allow the HU softball team (3-3, 1-1) to host Goshen College on Thursday, the Foresters packed up their bags and headed to Goshen where they split their first conference match with the Maple Leafs.
Despite outhitting GC 5-3 in game one, Huntington couldn’t push any runs across the plate as the dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker. After holding GC scoreless through the first six innings of play, Kerrilynn Doutlick teed off her first pitch of the seventh to collect her third homer of the season for what proved to be the game-winner.
Goshen native Kaitlyn Troyer and Allison Greene each picked up a pair of hits to pace HU offensively.
Marcie McDougle, who has yet to give up a walk this season, was charged with the loss. She fanned three batters and gave up three hits and one run.
After falling behind 5-0 in the nightcap, the Foresters stormed back in the next three innings to outlast the Maple Leafs for the 10-8 come-from-behind win.
Pazia Speed and Katie Bowers started the rally in the fourth, reaching base on a walk and single, to set the stage for Emily O’Leary who smacked in HU’s first run with a single to right. Bowers come in to score on a Lindsey Shellabarger sacrifice bunt before Cristin Carter capped off the inning with an RBI-single to close to within two of Goshen, 5-3.
The Maple Leafs responded with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth to extend the lead back to five at 8-5 but it was all HU after that.
O’Leary logged her second run-scoring base poke in the fifth to make it an 8-6 contest before the Foresters exploded for six runs in the sixth to mount their impressive comeback.
With bases loaded and no outs, Troyer punched one into left to plate two runs. A wild pitch and two bobbles later, the Foresters claimed the lead at 9-8. Speed and Bowers kept the rally alive with back to back hits and then O’Leary added an insurance run with an RBI-ground out to top off the inning.
Bowers, who leads the conference in hitting, went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs to pace HU offensively. O’Leary and Troyer each tallied two hits and finished with three and two RBI respectively.
Pitcher Kaylin Yon picked up the win on the mound. She pitched the final two innings and gave up two hits and one walk while striking out two.