INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Squaring off against Marian University for the second time this season, the Forester softball team split with the Knights down in Indy to wrap up the season series 2-2 and move to 16-11 overall, 9-5 in league play.
The opener, a 12-4 decision favoring the hosts, featured a handful of heavy hitters as three mighty swings accounted for half of the game’s runs. The first long ball came in Marian’s opening at-bats when Eleni Prewitt blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence. The Knights would go on to plate two more runs in the frame before the Foresters got two back in the second when Emily O’Leary doubled in a pair of runs to trim the lead in half at 4-2.
Marian tacked on a run in their half of the frame before Allie Foley blew the game wide open with a grand slam to make for a 9-2 contest. Lindsay Shellabarger wrapped up the game’s big swings with a four-bagger, her fifth of the season, to pull her team within five at 9-4 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Knights went on to score three more runs for an eight-run ruling in the fifth.
Starting Emily Puterbaugh wasn’t on the mound long but took the loss for HU, giving up four hits, four runs, three of which were earned, and a walk in less than an inning of work.
Huntington managed only six hits with Shellabarger and O’Leary leading the way with two RBI apiece.
The Foresters turned things around in the nightcap to close out the series with a 6-2 victory. Despite being outhit by their host, 9-8, HU relied on timely hitting down the stretch to pick up the win.
With the Knights having scored two runs through the first three innings, Katie Knous sailed one over the left field fence in the top of the second to keep her team with striking distance, 2-1, until the fourth when she struck again to lead HU’s come-from-behind win.
After doubling in Shellabarger, Knous cruised home by way of O’Leary’s triple to put the Foresters up by one at 3-2. Coach Gower’s crew added three more insurance runs in the fifth to secure the win. With bases loaded, Katie DePew drove in a pair of runs with a single up the middle and then Shellabarger tallied her third RBI of the day on a grounder to short to round out the game’s scoring.
Knous paced HU offensively with her solo shot and run-scoring double.
Ariel Sheets was masterful on the mound, picking up the complete-game win by limiting Marian to nine hits, two runs and a walk while striking out four.
The Foresters are back in action on Friday to host Indiana Wesleyan at 3:00 p.m.