Foresters turn nail-biter into laugher in sweep over PNC

After a shutout victory in the first game, the Huntington University softball team broke open a close game with eight runs in the final two innings for a 10-1 win and doubleheader sweep over host Purdue North Central on Saturday, April 20.

Improving to 13-11 on the season, the Foresters took down PNC, 3-0, in the opener behind a combined two-hitter form Marcie McDougle and Ariel Sheets. Then in the second contest the Foresters turned a 2-1 nail-biter into a laugher by scoring two runs in the fifth inning and then tacking on six runs in the sixth - all six coming after the first two batters of the inning were out.

McDougle had four strikeouts with no walks and gave up the two hits in six innings of work in the opener, and Sheets pitched the final inning. The Foresters tallied single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.

Emily Puterbaugh and Purdue's Mollie Lindeman had a good one going through five innings in the second game, with Puterbaugh and the Foresters on the better side of a 2-1 score. The Foresters upped the margin to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth thanks to run-scoring hits by Katie DePew and Katie Bowers, and after the first two Foresters went out meekly in the sixth, it looked like Purdue was going to get a chance in the bottom half of the frame, but then the ceiling caved in for the hosts.

A Bailey McIntire single seemed innocent enough, but then Annie Weaver followed with a single of her own. Pinch-hitter Amy Snider walk to load the bases before DePew drew another walk to bring in a run. An error plated two more Foresters, Bowers doubled in another run and then Emily O'Leary had a two-run knock to finish things off.

Kaylin Yon set Purdue down in order in the sixth.
DePew wound up with three RBI for the contest to go along with two hits. Bowers also had two hits to go along with two RBI, and Cristin Carter and O'Leary also had two runs batted in.

Carter led the Foresters in the first game with two hits, and Lindsay Shellabarger and Allison Greene had ribbies.