Foresters 2-2 in IWU tourney

 At the Indiana Wesleyan softball tournament, HU went 2-2 with a 6-5 loss to St. Francis and an 8-5 win over Goshen on Friday and on Saturday, a 10-0 loss to the host Wildcats and a 7-6 victory over Trinity Christian.

In their opener, the Foresters kept St. Francis within reach the entire game, but just couldn't come up with the big hit. The score was tied 4-4 through 4 1/2 innings, but the Cougars took a 6-4 lead into the seventh with a run in the fifth and sixth. HU cut it to 6-5 when Brittany Gower singled to drive in Keri Badenhop, but unfortunately, the Foresters stranded runners at second and third to end the game.

Ashley Scally gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in the loss. Jeanine Vaszari led HU at the plate with three hits and an RBI.

Brittney Bateman helped the Foresters turn things around against Goshen. She was 4-4 at the plate including a triple and a two-run homerun that gave HU the lead for good in the sixth. Gower was also perfect at the plate with a 3-3 performance that also included a triple.

Molly Long earned the win for the Foresters. She came on in relief of starter Lauren Ward and threw the final four innings. She allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out seven.

On Saturday morning, not much went right for HU against the host Wildcats. The Foresters did not manage a single hit in the game, were shut out and committed four errors on the defensive side. Scally was the pitcher of record in the loss.

In the final game of the day against Trinity Christian, the Trolls exploded for four runs in their first at-bat, but HU came back with three in its half of the frame. Trinity Christian added two more in the second to take a 6-3 lead. The Foresters knotted the score at 6-6 with a run in the third and a pair in the fourth and the score remained tied through the end of regulation. The Trolls failed to score in the top of the eighth and HU pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the inning.

Long relieved Ward in the third and went the final six innings for the win. She struck out 11 batters and allowed no runs or hits.

The Foresters now stand at 20-14 on the season.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director