Sheets' pitching helps Foresters earn softball split

Ariel Sheets went the distance on the mound to help the Huntington University softball team forge a split with host Marian on Wednesday, April 9.

After losing the first game, 12-4, Sheets' complete game performance helped the Foresters take the second, 6-2, and pick up their 16th win against 11 losses and ninth Crossroads League victory in 14 tries.

The sophomore scattered nine hits and allowed only two earned runs while striking out four to run her record to 5-1.

The Knights' scores came on solo shots in the first and third innings, bracketing a Huntington tally in the top of the second to put Coach Doug Gower's squad at a 2-1 disadvantage heading into the fourth.

The Forester offense was up to the task, sending two runners across home in the frame before adding three more in the fifth while Sheets pitched a shutout to seal the four-run win.

Katie Knous had the hot bat for Huntington, smacking her second home run of the season. The senior finished with a pair of hits and as many runs batted in, while also scoring a team-high two runs. Sophomore Katie DePew matched Knous' RBI total, banging out one of the Foresters' eight total base pokes.

In the opener the Knights' Allie Foley hurt HU with six RBI and two of the team's 14 hits.

Marian built a 9-2 lead through the first two innings of game one and the contest was eventually called after the fifth frame.

Emily Puterbaugh got the loss after surrendering four hits to five batters to start the game.

Senior Lindsay Shellabarger was a bright spot on offense, crushing a two-run homer for her sixth longball of the year. Sophomore Emily O'Leary also produced two RBI and had one of a half-dozen Forester hits.