In their season home opener, the Foresters earned a split with the Marian College Knights. They dropped the first game 7-5, but bounced back with a 7-6 win in the second.
In game one, the Knights drew first blood with two runs in the top of the second on a 2-run blast to left field from Samantha Hypes. HU took advantage of fours hits and a Marian error in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 2-2. The Knights plated two more in the fifth, but the Foresters got one back in their half of the fifth and added two more in the sixth to reclaim a 5-4 lead. HU couldn't make it stick in the seventh as Marian came up with three runs on four hits to go back up 7-5. Aside from a one-out walk to Lauren Ward, the Foresters went down quickly in the bottom of the seventh.
Ashley Scally went the distance for HU in the loss. She gave up seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits and a walk. She struck out five in the game. Kaley Fode and Brittney Gower each tallied three hits to pace the Foresters at the plate.
In the nightcap, the Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead in their first at-bat. The Foresters began their uphill climb to get back in the game with a run in the first and three more in the second. In the bottom of the fourth, Ashley McCann belted a one-out triple to right and scored on a Lauren Ward single to center to complete the comeback at 5-5.
It was McCann and Ward hooking up again in the sixth that finally gave the Foresters the lead. McCann led off with a double to right-center and then Ward jacked one over the center field fence to put HU up 7-5. Stephanie Westberry came on in relief of Megan Jackson for the Knights and retired the next three Foresters in order. In the top of the seventh, Marian had their rally caps on again, but Ward got Danialle Spears to ground out to short with the winning runs in scoring position.
Ward got the complete game win giving up six runs, two earned on six hits and three walks. She also struck out a career-high nine batters. Kendra Stahl led the Foresters with a 3-4 effort at the plate. Ward went 2-3 and had a game-high three RBI.
The women are now 3-9 on the season and 1-1 in the MCC.