MISHAWAKA, Ind. - It was the Natalie Newel l show on Wednesday as she pitched her Bethel College squad (11-1, 2-0) to a 2-0 decision in game one of the doubleheader against the HU softball team (6-8, 3-5) before clocking a walk-off three run shot in the nightcap for the 6-3 Pilot win to complete the sweep over the Foresters.
Despite Marcie McDougle’s solid performance on the mound, she was tagged with her fifth loss of the season. She gave up five hits and two runs while striking out four.
HU struggled at the plate with Allison Greene tallying the Foresters’ only hit of the game in the top of the third. In spite of their offensive woes, Huntington still had a chance to steal the win in their last at bats. Down 2-0 with bases loaded, thanks to two Bethel errors and a walk, the Foresters let the golden opportunity slip away as Newell logged her 14th strikeout of the game to fend off HU’s near-heroic finish.
In the nightcap, Huntington posted the game’s first run in their first at bats when Emily O’Leary singled in Bailey McIntire who had walked earlier in the inning. The Foresters tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth. Lindsay Shellabarger drove in the first run with a double to center while Cristin Carter added an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Pilots spent the next two innings knotting things up at 3-3 to set the stage for Newell’s game-winning blast in the bottom of the seventh.
O’Leary led the Foresters offensively by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Katie Bowers, Shellabarger and Carter each added a hit in the losing effort.
Kaylin Yon started for HU and scattered three hits, two walks and two runs over four innings with three strikeouts before being relieved by Emily Puterbaugh. Puterbaugh pitched the final 2.1 innings and gave four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four for the loss.
HU is back in action this weekend when they compete in the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) tournament.