Second game rally gives HU softball sweep of SAU

Huntington University's Katie DePew raps a single during the Forester's doubleheader win over visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 5.
Huntington University's Katie DePew raps a single during the Forester's doubleheader win over visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 5. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University softball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game for a 5-4 win and doubleheader sweep of visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 5.

The Foresters, 15-10 overall and 8-4 in the Crossroads League, won the opener, 4-2.

In game two, the Foresters entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 4-3. Emily O'Leary got things started for the hosts with a single, then advanced to second after Kaitlyn Troyer bunted and outhustled the throw to first.

A pair of singles sealed the deal for Coach Doug Gower's squad. Natalie McGuire sent home O'Leary, knotting things up, then Katie DePew ended the game in walk-off fashion with a one-bagger that plated pinch runner Stephanie Osborn.

Annie Weaver produced two hits and as many runs batted in for the Foresters, 15-10, 8-4 in the Crossroads League. O'Leary and McGuire matched Weaver's hit production, helping the hosts finish with 10 base pokes.

One of those pokes was a home run by Lindsay Shellabarger that deadlocked things at 1-1 following the first inning. The Cougars responded with a solo shot of their own in the top of the third and tacked on another run in the frame to lead 3-1. Huntington made up some of that damage in its half of the inning when a costly error by pitcher April Patnaude enabled Troyer to cross home.

One of Weaver's RBI tied things up at 3-3 following the fifth, but Spring Arbor went back in front in the top of the sixth, which set the stage for the Foresters' late game heroics.

Huntington's pitching was just as clutch as its hitting, with Ariel Sheets tossing the last three innings and yielding just two hits and an earned run to pick up the win, her fourth against only one loss.

Marcie McDougle threw the first four frames for the Foresters, giving up five hits and an earned run.

The Cougars' Patnaude surrendered 10 hits, five runs and three earned runs over six innings to get the loss.

Amanda Youngheim led Spring Arbor's offensive effort with two RBI. The visitors, 13-13, 6-8 in conference, finished with seven hits and stranded a total of six base-runners, the same amount as Huntington.

The first game was quiet until the third inning, when each side plated a pair of runners to fashion a 2-2 tie. The deadlock persisted until the bottom of the sixth, when the Foresters pushed two more across to take a 4-2 lead.

Hurler Emily Puterbaugh then capped off a complete game performance by denying Spring Arbor in the top of the seventh. The sophomore gave up six hits and two earned runs with six walks and seven strikeouts to improve to 4-3.

Huntington got eight hits on the Cougars' Erika Lehr, who surrendered four earned runs to take the loss.

Of the Foresters' eight base pokes, two apiece came from Katie Knous and Weaver, who led all hitters with two RBI.

The hosts left eight runners on base.

Spring Arbor finished with six hits, two courtesy of Liz Campeau. Morgan Ledford and Lehr each had an RBI.